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by Thomas Yuho Kirchner,Ruth Fuller Sasaki

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ISBN: 0824833198
Author: Thomas Yuho Kirchner,Ruth Fuller Sasaki
Language: English
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; Reprint edition (October 31, 2008)
Pages: 520
Category: World
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.2
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The Linji lu (Record of Linji) has been an essential text of Chinese and Japanese Zen Buddhism for nearly a. .This book will become the standard translation of the Linji lu and will be frequently consulted for years to come. "Journal of Chinese Religion".

The Linji lu (Record of Linji) has been an essential text of Chinese and Japanese Zen Buddhism for nearly a thousand years. A compilation of sermons. 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.

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This book will become the standard translation of the Linji lu and will be frequently consulted for years to come. Also, Buddhists would do well to know of the enormous contribution Ruth Fuller Sasaki have given to the tradition through publishing only the highest quality discourses and translations.

Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture. The Linji lu (Record of Linji) has been an essential text of Chinese and Japanese Zen Buddhism for nearly a thousand years. A compilation of sermons, statements, and acts attributed to the great Chinese Zen master Linji Yixuan (d. 866), it serves as both an authoritative statement of Zen's basic standpoint and a central source of material for Zen koan practice. 866), it serves as both an authoritative statement of Zen’s basic standpoint and a central source of material for Zen koan practice.

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The Linji lu (Record of Linji) has been an essential text of Chinese and . An abbreviated version of the book was published in 1975, but neither this nor any other English translations that subsequently appeared contain the type of detailed historical, linguistic, and doctrinal annotation that was central to Mrs. Sasaki's plan.

Series: Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture

Series: Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture. Published by: University of Hawai'i Press.

The Linji lu (Record of Linji) has been an essential text of Chinese and Japanese Zen Buddhism for nearly a thousand years. A compilation of sermons, statements, and acts attributed to the great Chinese Zen master Linji Yixuan (d. 866), it serves as both an authoritative statement of Zen’s basic standpoint and a central source of material for Zen koan practice. Scholars study the text for its importance in understanding both Zen thought and East Asian Mahayana doctrine, while Zen practitioners cherish it for its unusual simplicity, directness, and ability to inspire.

One of the earliest attempts to translate this important work into English was by Sasaki Shigetsu (1882–1945), a pioneer Zen master in the U.S. and the founder of the First Zen Institute of America. At the time of his death, he entrusted the project to his wife, Ruth Fuller Sasaki, who in 1949 moved to Japan and there founded a branch of the First Zen Institute at Daitoku-ji. Mrs. Sasaki, determined to produce a definitive translation, assembled a team of talented young scholars, both Japanese and Western, who in the following years retranslated the text in accordance with modern research on Tang-dynasty colloquial Chinese. As they worked on the translation, they compiled hundreds of detailed notes explaining every technical term, vernacular expression, and literary reference. One of the team, Yanagida Seizan (later Japan’s preeminent Zen historian), produced a lengthy introduction that outlined the emergence of Chinese Zen, presented a biography of Linji, and traced the textual development of the Linji lu. The sudden death of Mrs. Sasaki in 1967 brought the nearly completed project to a halt. An abbreviated version of the book was published in 1975, but neither this nor any other English translations that subsequently appeared contain the type of detailed historical, linguistic, and doctrinal annotation that was central to Mrs. Sasaki’s plan.

The materials assembled by Mrs. Sasaki and her team are finally available in the present edition of the Record of Linji. Chinese readings have been changed to Pinyin and the translation itself has been revised in line with subsequent research by Iriya Yoshitaka and Yanagida Seizan, the scholars who advised Mrs. Sasaki. The notes, nearly six hundred in all, are almost entirely based on primary sources and thus retain their value despite the nearly forty years since their preparation. They provide a rich context for Linji’s teachings, supplying a wealth of information on Tang colloquial expressions, Buddhist thought, and Zen history, much of which is unavailable anywhere else in English. This revised edition of the Record of Linji is certain to be of great value to Buddhist scholars, Zen practitioners, and readers interested in Asian Buddhism.

Comments:

Ballardana
I already had a hard copy of this book and I was very happy to find it in a kindle version. It’s great to have for traveling. This volume has all of the recorded discourses, a historical introduction and commentary, a cumulative index, and a list of names. It also has a translation in Chinese. These discourses are something to read over and over. I find new understanding with each reading. A great addition to my Zen kindle library.
monotronik
Recently I wrote a quick review of the Burton Watson translation of the Linji Lu, which has always been my favorite for its rendering of obscure T'ang/Song era colloquialisms into smooth English, but I was unaware that this new revision of the Sasaki translation, exhaustively edited by Thomas Yuho Kirchner, had just been published by the Univ. of Hawaii Press.

Readers of the 1975 edition of the Ruth Fuller Sasaki's translation will see much new material here, not only fresh renderings of passages taking into account modern Japanese scholarship, but also an extensive amount of footnotes clarifying passages in the text. While these footnotes do not "explain" the passages from a Zen (Chan) student's viewpoint (and indeed, the meaning of many passages like the famous "formulas" defy definite clarification even by experts), the extensive collection of notes are very helpful for wading through some occasionally rather difficult T'ang/Song vernacular.

Kirchner himself deserves huge praise for wading into such a time-consuming project in making this edition available for publication, a truly imposing task. It indeed must have been a labor of love. Needless to say, anyone interested in world religious literature in general, much less zen scholars and practitioners specifically, should consider the Linji Lu required reading. And this rendition, along with the commentary, will not likely be superseded for quite some time. Buy it, study it, and try to see eye-to-eye with a towering chan master (or at least a Song Period version of him), if you can :-).
Ann
fascinating
Yanki
This is a snowstorm in the tropics
A lightening bolt in a mosquito
A potato walking in the desert
The spirit of a tiger
words in an empty sky!

Reference for the tomcat watching the mouse.
Scoreboard Bleeding
I purchased this book as part of my priestly studies in the Hollow Bones order, an American Rinzai/Linji order led by Junpo Denis Kelly, Roshi. Anyone practicing zen, or any form of Buddhism for that matter, would benefit from this book. Also, Buddhists would do well to know of the enormous contribution Ruth Fuller Sasaki have given to the tradition through publishing only the highest quality discourses and translations. She deserves to be recognized as a lamp bearer. The depth and accuracy and spirit that was put in to the publishing of this book must not be underestimated. The historical, cultural and practical value in these pages is enormous. It is most definitely for the serious practitioner and/or scholar. If you are new to zen and not a sponge for historical accounts and scholarly exposition, but are not just "spiritually shopping," check out titles by John Daido Loori. _||_
Arryar
Excellent resource, carefully researched.
Balhala
Serious reading, to step out of words and concepts. Areal challenge but worth while if you have a practice and want to be rally alive. NOT EASY.
Everything was alright. The book arrived much earlier than expected. The state of the book is better as I expected.

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