Daily Zen Library

1976

Zen Teaching of Rinzai

Translated by Irmgard Schloegl Irmgard Schloegl

View this book on Amazon »

Rinzai's "Record" was written by his disciples.  It contains his teachings, episodes from his training and from his teaching career.  As all the great Zen masters, he was firmly based on the Buddhist teachings, conversant with the scriptures, and freely quoting them.  But rather then lip-service and routine learning, he demand a genuine insight into the scriptures, and a life lived out of this insight.  If at times he seems to deride--it is not the scriptures, but his students, who were apt to piously and tenaciously cling to the words rather than attempt to understant them....

from the introduction

Related Journal Entries

The Great Affair

Ta Hui (1088-1163) This affair is like the bright sun in the blue sky, shining clearly, changeless and motionless, without diminishing or increasing. It shines everywhere in the daily... View Journal Entry »