Chao-chou Ts'ung-shen


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A Chinese Ch'an monk of the mid-T'ang period, famous for his creative and spontaneous teaching methods. Many of his dialogues and sayings have been recorded and anthologized in collections of kung-an (Jap., kōan). One, in which a student asks whether a dog has Buddha-nature or not, and Chao-chou answers Not! is frequently given as the first kung-an for beginning practitioners.

Subjects: Religion.

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