Stupa Record of Chan Master Linji Huizhao

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:
Stupa Record of Chan Master Linji Huizhao

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This part is an inscription or stupa record for Linji. It records his place of origin and family name, as well as a brief account of his younger years. For the one and only time in the Linjilu the famous slogan “separate transmission outside the teachings” appears. The trickster Puhua is mentioned. Two military men who were patrons of the Master are also mentioned: Head of the General Staff Mo Junhe, who donated his house to Linji as a temple, and Military Constable Wang, who invited him as a master. This stupa record has him peacefully departing in sitting posture in the East Hall of Xinghua Monastery in Daming on the tenth day of the first month of Xiantong 8 (February 18, 867). He was given an “earth burial,” that is, not cremated. By imperial proclamation he was awarded a posthumous title and a stupa.

Keywords: inscription; stupa record; separate transmission outside the teachings; Puhua; Mo Junhe; Military Constable Wang

Chapter.  817 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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