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The Record of Linji


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Thomas Yuho Kirchner (Editor) Thomas Yuho Kirchner is associate researcher at the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism at Hanazono University in Kyoto. He spent ten years in Japanese Rinzai Zen monasteries before taking positions at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture and Hanazono University.Ruth Fuller Sasaki (Translator) Ruth Fuller Sasaki (1892-1967) combined an early interest in Theravada Buddhism and Indian languages with the practice of yoga and Zen. After moving to Kyoto in 1949 she devoted herself to helping Westerners interested in Zen and producing a highly regarded series of books, including Zen Dust (1966), The Recorded Sayings of Layman P'ang(1971), and The Record of Lin-chi (1975).


A masterpiece of scholarship not only on Linji Chan, but also on Chinese Buddhist language and history--the annotations, which constitute almost two-thirds of the book, explain in astonishing detail the meanings, references, and grammar of each line of text. The edition preserves the excellent historical introduction, and includes a lengthy glossary, index, and table of names.-- "Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly"
Buy [this] book. Better yet, buy and read and study [it], immersing yourself into a totally remarkable religious and linguistic universe. As you do so, and as you read any of the modern works on Zen so deeply indebted to the legacy of this remarkable project, give thanks and transfer any merit deriving from your study to the memory of Sasaki, Iriya, Yampolsky, and Yanagida Gassho.-- "H-Buddhism"
Splendid. . . . It would be difficult to make this magisterial work of scholarship any more user friendly, and no doubt it will serve as a vade mecum for future generations of students and scholars of the Chan tradition.-- "Eastern Buddhist"
This book will become the standard translation of the Linji lu and will be frequently consulted for years to come.-- "Journal of Chinese Religion"

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