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The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi

Translated by Burton Watson Burton Watson

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Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master Lin-chi, one of the most highly regarded of the T'ang period masters. PEN Translation Prize-winner Burton Watson presents here an eloquent translation -- the first in the English language -- of this seminal classic, The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi. The work is an exacting depiction of Lin-chi's words and actions, describing the Zen master's life and teaching, and includes a number of his sermons. Because Lin-chi's school outlasted other forms of early Chinese Zen to become dominant throughout China to this day, this translation bears unique significance within the literature of this great Asian nation. With Watson's lucid introduction to the work, a glossary of terms, and notes to the text, The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi is a generously constructed and accessible model of translation that will stand as the definitive primary material on Lin-chi for many years to come

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Instructing the Group Part I

Lin-chi I-hsuan (d.866) Someone asked, "What do you mean by the mind that moment to moment does not differentiate?" Master Lin-chi said, "The moment you ask such a question you show that... View Journal Entry »

Instructing the Group Part II

Lin-chi I-hsuan (d.866) Followers of the Way come from all over to study the Way. I myself in past years turned to monastic discipline and delved into the sutras and treatises. But later I... View Journal Entry »

Instructing the Group Part III

Lin-chi I-hsuan (d.866) Followers of the Way, I tell you there is no Dharma to be found outside. But students don't understand me and immediately start looking inward for some... View Journal Entry »