The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi: A Translation of the Lin-chi lu

Paperback | January 27, 1999

Translated byBurton WatsonbyHs Uan

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Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master Lin-chi, one of the most highly regarded of the T'ang period masters. PEN Translation Prize-winner Burton Watson presents here an eloquent translation -- the first in the English language -- of this seminal classic, The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi. The work is an exacting depiction of Lin-chi's words and actions, describing the Zen master's life and teaching, and includes a number of his sermons. Because Lin-chi's school outlasted other forms of early Chinese Zen to become dominant throughout China to this day, this translation bears unique significance within the literature of this great Asian nation. With Watson's lucid introduction to the work, a glossary of terms, and notes to the text, The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi is a generously constructed and accessible model of translation that will stand as the definitive primary material on Lin-chi for many years to come.

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What fascinating secrets lie between the pages of the legendary Zen text, Lin-chi-lu? What are some of the key teachings that the book’s ninth century creator, Lin-chi, hoped readers would extract from it? PEN-winner Burton Watson’s The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi features a highly-accurate translation of the original work and incl...

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Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master Lin-chi, one of the most highly regarded of the T'ang period masters. PEN Translation Prize-winner Burton Watson presents here an eloquent translation -- the first in the English language -- ...

Burton Watson, the recipient of the 1981 PEN Translation Prize, has taught Chinese and Japanese literature at Columbia, Stanford, and Kyoto universities. He has translated dozens of Chinese and Japanese classics, including The Lotus Sutra, Records of the Grand Historian, and Chuang Tzu.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 5.9 × 8.7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 27, 1999Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231114850

ISBN - 13:9780231114851

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What fascinating secrets lie between the pages of the legendary Zen text, Lin-chi-lu? What are some of the key teachings that the book’s ninth century creator, Lin-chi, hoped readers would extract from it? PEN-winner Burton Watson’s The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi features a highly-accurate translation of the original work and includes a glossary of terms and a wealth of information about the Chinese author and the T’ang Period in which he lived.

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Written by the founder of Rinzai Zen, the Rinzai-roku -- translated here as The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi -- is one of the most important texts of Zen. The translator of this new version has modernized the ancient Chinese colloquial expressions and, at the same time, captured the real spirit and vitality of the original. This is an essential text for all students of Zen.