Record of Linji A New Translation of the Linjilu in the Light of Ten Japanese Zen Commentaries

ISBN-10: 0199936439
ISBN-13: 9780199936434
Edition: 2012
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Description: TheLinjilu(Record of LinjiorLJL) is one of the foundational texts of Chan/Zen Buddhist literature, and an accomplished work ofbaihua(vernacular) literature. Its indelibly memorable title character, the Master Linji--infamous for the shout, the whack  More...

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320

TheLinjilu(Record of LinjiorLJL) is one of the foundational texts of Chan/Zen Buddhist literature, and an accomplished work ofbaihua(vernacular) literature. Its indelibly memorable title character, the Master Linji--infamous for the shout, the whack of the rattan stick, and the declaration that sutras are toilet paper--is himself an embodiment of the very teachings he propounds to his students: he is a "true person," free of dithering; he exhibits the non-verbal, unconstrained spontaneity of the buddha-nature; he is always active, never passive; and he is aware that nothing is lacking at all, at any time, in his round of daily activities. This bracing new translation transmits theLJL's living expression of Zen's "personal realization of the meaning beyond words," as interpreted by ten commentaries produced by Japanese Zen monks, over a span of over four centuries, ranging from the late 1300s, when Five-Mountains Zen flourished in Kyoto and Kamakura, through the early 1700s, an age of thriving interest in theLJL. These Zen commentaries form a body of vital, in-house interpretive literature never before given full credit or center stage in previous translations of theLJL. Here, their insights are fully incorporated into the translation itself, allowing the reader unimpeded access throughout, with more extensive excerpts available in the notes. Also provided is a translation of the earliest extant material on Linji, including a neglected transmission-record entry relating to his associate Puhua, which indicate that theLJLis a fully-fledged work of literature that has undergone editorial changes over time to become the compelling work we know today.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Record of the Sayings of Chan Master Linji Huizhao of Zhenzhou
Dharma-Hall Convocations
Sangha Instruction
Calibrating and Adjudicating [Appraising the Level of Understanding and Rendering a Judgment]
Record of the Karman [of the Master's Career]
Stupa Record of Chan Master Linji Huizhao
Yuanjue Zongyan's Xuanhe 2 (1120) Linjilu Edition (LJL)
Pre-Song Linji and Puhua Sayings and Episodes Preserved in the Collection of the Patriarchal Hall (Zutangji)
Pre-Song Linji Sayings Preserved in the Mind-Mirror Record (Zongjinglu/Xinjinglu)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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