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Shohei Ichimura


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The Baizhang Zen Monastic Regulations, translated by Shohei Ichimura, is the first English translation of this comprehensive manual which sets forth the rules, offices, rituals, and practices of Chan/Zen monastic life. Complete in one volume.

Chan/Zen monastic rules and practice


Here is a complete set of instructions detailing every aspect of daily life in a Chan temple, from the duties and responsibilities of the various officers and the practitioners to the recitation of specific prayers and sacred texts in the annual calendar of events. This text offers a view of the formation of the early Chan/Zen tradition, which has been passed down through centuries

Taishō 2025

Volume 48

The Baizhang Zen Monastic Regulations

This Taishō edition of the text relies on a fourteenth-century Yuan-era version, compiled and edited by Dongyan Dehui and Xiaowen Dasu, of the original Chan/Zen monastic regulations, the Ancient Regulations, innovated by the ninth-century Zen Master Baizhang Huaihai. Baizhang was the third lineage holder under the Sixth Patriarch of the Chan tradition, Huineng (638-714), whose teachings were recorded in the well-known Platform Sutra (Taishō 2008).

"Revised under the Yuan Imperial Edict, compiled by Dehui, Abbot of the Master Sage of Great Wisdom and Long Life Temple, and edited by Dasu, Abbot of the Great Dragons Flying to Assemble for Celebration Temple." 8 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka   NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword    MAYEDA Sengaku   vii
Publisher’s Foreword    John R. McRae    ix
Translator’s Introduction    Shohei Ichimura    xiii

The Baizhang Zen Monastic Regulations

Fascicle One
Chapter I. Festivities and the Observance of Rites 3
Chapter II. Discharging Indebtedness to the State 21

Fascicle Two
Chapter III. Discharging Religious Indebtedness 27
Chapter IV. Honoring the Patriarchs of the Zen Tradition 43
Chapter V. The Abbot, Resident Bearer of the Dharma 57

Fascicle Three
Chapter V (continued) 89

Fascicle Four
Chapter VI. The Dual Order Offices 149
Chapter VII. The Practitioners of the Zen Community 199

Fascicle Five
Chapter VII (continued) 201

Fascicle Six
Chapter VII (continued) 259

Fascicle Seven
Chapter VII (continued) 311
Chapter VIII. The Annual Celebration Days and Calendar 317

Fascicle Eight
Chapter IX. The Monastic Sound Instruments 361

Glossary 371
Bibliography 379
Index 385
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 399