Historical Who is Who

LIN CHI I-HSUAN

810 - 866
cHINA
RELIGION

Though little historical is known of him, he initiated a distinctive version of the Zen strand of Buddhism which developed in both China and Japan. He is associated with the use of radically challenging prompts to induce enlightenment, including sudden shouts and slaps. He also used strikingly exaggerated language to convey his message, such as “If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha; if you meet the patriarch, kill the patriarch”. In other words, “don’t be daunted by the status of others, you are free to live your own humanity”.

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