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Three Chan Classics


Here are classic texts in the Zen tradition: The Recorded Sayings of Linji (Rinzairoku), Wumen’s Gate (Mumonkan), and The Faith-Mind Maxim (Shinjinmei). Complete in one volume.

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Taishō 1985

Volume 47

The Recorded Sayings of Linji

This work, generally known as The Record of Linji or The Recorded Sayings of Linji, is a record of the teachings of Linji Yixuan, the founder of the Linji branch of the Chan (Rinzai branch of Zen) School, and was compiled by one of his disciples, Hui-ran. In the Linji (Rinzai) School it is regarded as the most important collection of the recorded sayings of a Chan Master.

Ch. Zhenzhou Linji Huizhao chanshi wulu (鎭州臨濟慧照禪師語録), compiled by Hui-ran. 1 fascicle.

Taishō 2005

Volume 48

Wumen’s Gate

Wumen’s Gate, also known as The Gateless Barrier, or The Gateless Gate, consists of 48 gongan (Jpn. kōan) as selected by Wumen Huikai, a Chan monk of the Song Dynasty. Each gongan is followed by a verse and comment. The text has traditionally been the most highly prized work in the Chan School. When compared with other collections of gongan, the gongan or koans contained in this work are relatively few in number, and this together with the fact that it is an introductory work, have made it a popular text in the Chan/Zen tradition.

Ch. Wumen guan (無門關), selected by Wumen Huikai and compiled by Zongshao. 1 fascicle.

Taishō 2010

Volume 48

The Faith-Mind Maxim

In The Faith-Mind Maxim, Seng-can, the Third Patriarch of the Chan School in China, gives expression to the highest state of Chan. It is a short work, consisting of 146 lines of 4 characters a line and amounting to a mere 584 characters, and states that the ultimate truth of Chan corresponds to a state of equality and absolute freedom, free of all differentiation and conflict, right and wrong, loss and gain. These verses have been a favorite object of memorization and recitation by countless Chan monks over the ages, and with the development of Chan over the centuries they have become deeply imbedded in the life of Chan monasteries.

Ch. Xinxin ming (信心銘), composed by Sengcan. 1 fascicle.

Additional information

Dimensions9.5 × 6.5 × 0.7 in
Publishing Date1995
AuthorLinji (Rinzai); Wumen Huikai; Seng-can
TranslatorJ. C. Cleary; Osamu Yoshida