during the Song Dynasty: The Record of Linji, the Lotus Sutra, and the Sinification of Buddhism Ben Van Overmeire St. Olaf College Consider the following story: Counselor Wang the Prefectural Governor, and the other officials requested the Master to address them. The Master took the high seat in the Dharma Hall and said: âToday, I, this mountain monk, having no choice in the matter, have perforce yielded to customary etiquette and taken this seat. If I were to demonstrate the Great Matter in strict keeping with the teaching of the Patriarchal School, I simply couldnât open my mouth and there wouldnât be any place for you to find footing. But since Iâve been so earnestly entreated today by the Counselor, why should I conceal the essential doctrine of our School? Now is there any adept warrior who forthwith can array his battleline and unfurl his banners here before me? Let him try proving himself before the assembly!â A monk asked, âWhat about the cardinal principle of the Buddha-dharma?â The Master gave a shout. The monk bowed low. âAs an opponent in argument this young reverend is rather good,â said the Master.1 This passage opens the Record of Linji,
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Published: Oct 28, 2017
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