Sangha Instruction

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:
Sangha Instruction

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This section consists of relatively long addresses of the Master to his gathered monks, the “sangha.” He announces to them that the most important thing for a practitioner of the buddhadharma is to “behold reality as it truly is.” The following themes are sounded: the true person is none other than the monks themselves, right in front of Master Linji; there is no need therefore to go seeking outside oneself; in one’s current venue of activities (everyday life) nothing is lacking; to hesitate is to lose—“dithering” or mental reflection is bad; a realized true person brings to bear everything he’s got, that is, exhibits the non-verbal, unconstrained embodiment of the spontaneity of the buddha nature; a realized true person “rides” the vishayas (sense objects) and is never “rotated” passively by vishayas, and so forth. This section paraphrases and alludes to a wide range of Mahāyāna sutras, especially the Śūraṃgama Sūtra.

Keywords: behold reality as it truly is; dithering; mental reflection; vishayas; venue of activities; stream-enterers

Chapter.  17120 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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