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Record of the Karman [of the Master’s Career]<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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936410.003.0004
Record of the Karman [of the Master’s Career]1

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This part shows similarities to Part III. This is the record of Linji’s actions (karman) during his life as a Chan monk. It begins with Linji’s asking his master Huangbo about the meaning of the buddhadharma. He asks the question of Huangbo three times, and three times he receives a whack with the rattan stick. He then takes a leave of absence. Huangbo sends him to the retreat of his colleague Dayu. At Dayu’s words Linji has a great awakening and says, “So, all along Huangbo’s buddhadharma was point-blank!” Master Linji with his fist gives Dayu three thumps to the ribs. This part also contains the comments of the masters Guishan and Yangshan on certain episodes. There are many interactions between Linji and Huangbo. The final portion consists of episodes involving Linji’s calibrating and adjudicating various masters. At the end he transmigrates.

Keywords: karman; Huangbo; three questions; Dayu; point-blank; great awakening; three thumps to the ribs

Chapter.  5083 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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