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The Letters of Chan Master Dahui Pujue (Hardcover)

The Letters of Chan Master Dahui Pujue By Jeffrey Broughton (Editor), Jeffrey Broughton (Translator), Elise Yoko Watanabe (With) Cover Image
By Jeffrey Broughton (Editor), Jeffrey Broughton (Translator), Elise Yoko Watanabe (With)
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The Letters of Chan Master Dahui Pujue offers a complete annotated translation, the first into English, of a Chan Buddhist classic, the collected letters of the Southern Song Linji Chan teacher Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163). Addressed to forty scholar-officials, members of the elite class in Chinese society, and to two Chan masters, these letters are dharma talks on how to engage in Buddhist cultivation. Each of the letters to laymen is fascinating as a document directed to a specific scholar-official with his distinctive niche, high or low, in the Song-dynasty social-political landscape, and his idiosyncratic stage of development on the Buddhist path. Dahui is engaging, incisive, and often quite humorous in presenting his teaching of "constantly lifting to awareness the phrase (huatou)," his favored phrases being No (wu) and dried turd. Throughout one's busy twenty-four hours, the practitioner is not to perform any mental operation whatsoever on this phrase, and to "take awakening
as the standard."
This epistolary compilation has long constituted a self-contained course of study for Chan practitioners. For centuries, Letters of Dahui has been revered throughout East Asia. It has exerted a formative influence on Linji Chan practice in China, molded S

About the Author

Jeffrey Broughton is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780190664169
ISBN-10: 0190664169
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 410
Language: English