chant of the sixth patriarch (satb)

Catalog ID: S-427
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Composer: Reed Criddle
Voicing: satb
Accompaniment: piano, violin
Language: chinese
Country: china
Other: 2016


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Program Notes

According to Buddhist lore, the Fifth Patriarch proposed a poetry competition to determine his successor. The lowly, illiterate monk Hui-neng shockingly won the patriarchy, having asked another monastic to tran- scribe his poem on a wall beside the other poems. Huineng’s poem is a direct response to the frontrunning submission by the most esteemed scholar-monk of the monastery, Shen-Xiu, which read:

The body is the Bodhi tree,
The mind is like a bright mirror stand. Moment to moment, diligently wipe, To let no dust collect.

Reed Criddle

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