The Correct Meanings of Treatise on the Middle Way
Master Xiao Pingshi's Foreword
Since ancient times, the true meaning of the Treatise on the Middle Way (C: Zhong lun) has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted by the adherents of ordinary sound-hearers of sectarian Buddhism. In addition, in the 20th century in the Dharma-ending Age, some individuals widely propagated these misconceptions in the guise of academic research and annotations, intentionally confusing the true teachings and causing a decline in the authentic Dharma of the Treatise on the Middle Way. As a result, many Buddhist learners have been led astray without realizing it, mistakenly believing that the views of sound-hearer sanghas of sectarian Buddhism align with the true principle of the Treatise on the Middle Way. This has caused some to become trapped in the arrogance of committing the grievous deed of false speech and self-complacency, believing that they have fully understood and realized all aspects of the Buddha’s teachings. To rescue all these individuals from their misunderstanding, it is imperative to reannotate the Treatise on the Middle Way. Thus, Teacher Sun Zhengde steps forward and does this to rescue these followers of the academic community and the descendants of ordinary sound-hearers of sectarian Buddhism during this Dharma-ending Age....
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