The History of Magic by Eliphas Lévi, A. E. Waite
By Eliphas Lévi, A. E. Waite
First released in 1913, this vintage textual content is a useful resource booklet at the background and perform of magic and occultism. The contents comprise: Magic of the Magi, Magic in historic Greece, the Kabalah, Primitive Symbolism, Mysticism, Oracles, Magical Monuments, Magic and Christianity, Pagan Magic, Kabalistic work and Sacred trademarks, Sorcerers, Magic and Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and extra. Illustrated.
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Chappell, "The Teachings of the Fourth Patriarch Tao-hsin (580-658)," in Lai and Lancaster, eds. Early Ch'an in China a n d Tibet. 5 (Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1983), p. 89-91. 8. This important document belongs to the group of texts that were discovered at the beginning of this century in the caves of Tun-huang in western China. Compiled by Ching-chiieh, it contains a history of the Ch'an school till the middle of the eight century. It considers Gunabhadra, the translator of the htbktuatara SzZtm, as the first patriarch, and it reckons Shen-hsiu as the seventh.
The Patriarch said, "That is not so. There has been no one who has always cultivated without starting to teach; there has been no one who has taught without having cultivated himself. If you wish to bring benefits, then there are no benefits. If you wish to act, there is nothing to be done. You should be like a boat. " Soon after this Yao-shan left the Patriarch. "68 The Patriarch said, "The Buddha has no knowledge d insight; knowledge and insight belong to mra. "@ The Patriarch said, "You are coming from Nan-yiieh, not know the essence of the mind of Ts'aoYou should return there quickly.
Received head shaved by Venerable T'ang of T m - ~ h o u He the bhprecepts from Vinaya Master Yiian of Yu-chou? ~ There he met Venerable ~uai-jang,6who immediately recognized him as a Dharma-vessel? " Thereupon Huai-jang took a brick and started to polish it in front of the Master's hermitage. " The Master had no reply. Huai-jang continued, "Are you practicing to sit in meditation, or practicing to sit like a Buddha? As to sitting in meditation, meditation is neither sitting nor lying. As to sitting like a 60 Sun-Face Buddha Buddha, the Buddha has no fixed form.