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The Linji lineage was first transmitted to Japan by Myoan Eisai. He initially studied at the Tendai headquarters on Mount Hiei to the north of Kyoto, but in 1168, he embarked on a journey to China, which culminated in bringing Rinzai Zen Buddhism to Japan.

Rinzai Zen (Rinzai-Shu) Written by Fuyu. In Zen Buddhism. The Linji lineage was first transmitted to Japan by Myoan Eisai. He initially studied at the Tendai headquarters on Mount Hiei to the north of Kyoto, but in 1168, he embarked on a journey to China, which culminated in bringing Rinzai Zen Buddhism to. RINZAI-JI Joshu Sasaki's Home Temple. WEEKLY SCHEDULE open to all. GASSHO Thank you for your support. Zen Center Closed Temporarily. Due to COVID-19 regulations, Rinzai Ji is closed to the public until the state of California permits it to reopen.

  1. Norman Fischer, a contemporary American Soto Roshi, poet and author, gave an excellent overview of both Soto and Rinzai Schools: Soto: “Soto’s style of practice can be traced back to Shitou (700-790) whose poem “The Harmony of Difference and Sameness” (Sandoaki) is an important early expression of Zen Buddhism and is chanted in Soto temples to this day.
  2. The Order of members was founded in 1983 and is a member of the Austrian Buddhist Religious Society. The Order follows the tradition of Rinzai Zen as taught by Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi. As of March, 2012 Kigen Seigaku Osho has been the spiritual leader of the Bodhidharma Zendo and of the Austrian Rinzai.
  3. Rinzai Zen is marked by the emphasis it places on kensho ('seeing one's true nature') as the gateway to authentic Buddhist practice. This means the elimination of egoism and self-preference. Since people's ingrained habits tend towards the idea of a separate 'I,' working with a clear-eyed teacher or community of peers is indispensable.

While the heart of the Soto school is based on the practice of Zazen, the heart of the Rinzai school focuses on the use of koan, a kind of absurd phrase or statement which is given by a teacher to a disciple to trigger Enlightenment.

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Zen teachers often recite and comment on koans, and some Zen practitioners concentrate on koans during Zazen meditation. Teachers may probe students about their practice by using koan “checking questions” to further validate their experiences of awakening.

Designed to force and shock the mind into awareness, the koans are used to test the student’s ability. While in the process of answering a koan, one comes to experience the koan as the mind itself, transcending dualistic thinking.

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A student might work with one koan for several months or even years, returning to their teacher many times to comment on their koan. Some other students may require only a few seconds to understand the same koan. Neither way of working with a koan is better than the other.

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The most important thing about koans is its use as a tool to discover one’s own true mind. It is not necessary to pass through as many koans as possible.