Calibrating and Adjudicating [Appraising the Level of Understanding and Rendering a Judgment]<sup>1</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:
Calibrating and Adjudicating [Appraising the Level of Understanding and Rendering a Judgment]1

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This part consists of short episodes in which the participants “calibrate and adjudicate” each other’s level of beholding reality as it truly is. This part could be called “investigating the person and distinguishing his faults.” A primary fault is falling into dualities, such as “much” or “little.” The crazy trickster Puhua, an associate of Linji, expresses a repudiation of any sort of either/or in colorful episodes. Puhua calibrates and adjudicates Linji: “Linji is a crafty little gofer, but he’s only got the one eye.” This part concludes with Puhua’s climbing into a plain wooden coffin and asking a passerby to nail it up. He thus achieves liberation from samsara. Some episodes are followed by the comments of two masters, Guishan and Yangshan.

Keywords: calibrate and adjudicate; Guishan and Yangshan; Puhua; trickster; the one eye; coffin

Chapter.  3760 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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