I looked through the archives and didn’t come across any discussion related to this early Chinese sutra. Are people here aware of it? Do we know what its content is? consider it EBT?
Just in case not, I’ll say what little I know. (And I’m sure we have others who can speak with more authority than I can–please, fell free to add on or correct whatever I get wrong.)
Basically, it’s alleged to be the first “sutra” in Chinese Buddhist history. At the very least, it’s the oldest one on record. I think it’s dated to mid-first century CE. It’s a compilation of bits and pieces of old Buddhist sayings, not a “discourse” in the EBT sense of the word. There are many versions, with alot of Mahayana and Zen stuff added over the centuries, but the “original” is (almost) completely EBT-based in its doctrine.
I am not too clear on protocol, so I don’t want to upload the wrong thing, but here’s a link to where anyone interested could find a copy:
This is a pdf with a bunch of Chinese sutras in it, but the 42 Chapters is in there, too: specifically, that “original” version. (Sorry, I don’t have the software here to extract a pdf from a pdf; if anyone else does, please feel free.)
I just wanted to see if we could spark some discussion on this.