The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice

The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice


Jeffrey L. Broughton deals an annotated translation of the Whip for Spurring scholars Onward in the course of the Chan Barrier Checkpoints (Changuan cejin), which he abbreviates to Chan Whip. This anthology, compiled by means of Yunqi Zhuhong (1535-1615), has served as a Chan guide in either China and Japan due to the fact that its e-book in 1600. To represent the Chan Whip as "late Ming Chan" is inaccurate-in truth, it's a survey of just about the whole lot of Chan literature, operating from the past due 800s (Tang dynasty) to approximately 1600 (late Ming). The Chan extracts, the majority of the ebook, are through a quick component to extracts from Buddhist canonical works (showing Zhuhong's adherence to the "convergence of Chan and the teachings"). The Chan extracts intentionally eschew summary discussions of idea in want of autobiographical narratives, anecdotal sketches, exhortations, sermons, sayings, and letters that deal very frankly-sometimes humorously-with the concrete ups and downs of lived perform.

Recent many years have visible the e-book in English of a few handbooks on Zen perform via modern East Asian masters. The Chan Whip, notwithstanding four hundred years previous, is as important to modern day practitioners as those glossy works. The scholarly literature on Chan previously has fascinated with the Tang and tune dynasties-by giving us moreover the sayings of Yuan- and Ming-dynasty masters this translation fills a niche in that literature.

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