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Dharma-Hall Convocations<sup>2</sup>

Jeffrey L. Broughton and Elise Yoko Watanabe

in The Record of Linji

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199936410
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980680 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936410.003.0001
Dharma-Hall Convocations2

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This section of the Linjilu (LJL) records formal convocations given by Master Linji in the Dharma Hall, where the master sits cross-legged on a high-backed chair and gives a discourse to standing monks facing him. Linji’s patron General Wang asks the Master to speak on Chan’s “personal-realization-of-the-meaning-beyond-words,” and the book commences. This part unveils a central theme of the LJL, the “true person who can’t be ranked,” who Linji famously declares is “a magnificent piece of dried shit.” Linji several times delivers the shout and the whack with the rattan stick. The Master exhorts his followers not to indulge in mental reflection and calculation—both understanding and not understanding are mistakes.

Keywords: Military Constable Wang; Dharma Hall; personal-realization-of-the-meaning-beyond-words; shout; whack; red-meatball mind; true person; dither

Chapter.  2360 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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