The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi by Burton Watson

By Burton Watson

An enormous vintage of Zen literature, written by way of one of many nice Zen masters of historic China. The ebook, compiled by way of Lin-chi's disciples, describes the existence and instructing of this eminent Zen grasp and incorporates a variety of his sermons, famous for his or her brisk and colourful language.S.

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The Master said, “Are you trying to dupe me right in front of the Constant Attendant? Step aside! ” The Master resumed, saying, “This religious gathering to­ day is held for the sake of the one great concern of Bud­ dhism. Are there any others who want to ask questions? Come forward quickly and ask them! “But even if you open your mouths, what you say will have nothing to do with that concern. Why do I say this? Because Shakyamuni said, did he not, that ‘the Dharma is separate from words and writings, and is not involved with direct or indirect causes,’8 “It’s because you don’t have enough faith that today you find yourselves tied up in knots.

Followers of the Way, the outstanding teachers from times past have all had ways of drawing people out. What I myself want to impress on you is that you mustn’t be led astray by others. ' “When students today fail to make progress, where’s the fault? The fault lies in the fact that they don’t have faith in themselves! If you don’t have faith in yourself, then you’ll be forever in a hurry trying to keep up with everything around you, you’ll he twisted and turned by whatever environment vou’re in and vvou can never move freelv* Rm it Jyou can 9just stop this mind that goes rushing around moment by moment looking for something, then you’ll be no different from the patriarchs and buddhas.

With that he stepped down from the lecture seat. Note 1. It has been suggested that “the road” represents the relative and “home” the absolute, though other interpretations are possible. 18 9 ---------------------------------------------------- The Zen Teachings o f Master Lin-chi ----------------------------------------------------- The Master ascended the hall. ” 1 The Master said, “When the three vital seals are pressed down and lifted, the vermilion stamp appears sharp on the paper. ” The Master said, “Look at the puppets performing on the stage.

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