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

Jeffrey Broughton and Elise Yoko Watanabe


The Linjilu (Record of Linji or LJL) is one of the foundational texts of Chan/Zen Buddhist literature, and an accomplished work of baihua (vernacular) literature. Its indelibly memorable title character, 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 that 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 ... More

Keywords: Linji, Huangbo, Dayu, Puhua, shout, whack, true person, dither, vishayas, guest and host, Zen commentaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936410
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936410.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Broughton, author
Department of Religious Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Elise Yoko Watanabe, author