Blue Cliff Record

The Blue Cliff Record

The Blue Cliff Record is a collection of Chán Buddhist koans that were originally compiled in 1125 in China at the time of the Song dynasty. It was then added to by the Chán master Yuanwu Kegin (1063–1135; Engo) which gives us the present form of the Blue Cliff Record.

The book also includes Yuanwu's commentary and annotations on 100 Verses on Old Cases, plus an additional 100 koans that were collected by Xuedou Zhongxian (980–1052; (Setcho). Master Xuedou extracted 82 of these from the Transmission of the Lamp, while the remainder were taken from the Yunmen Guanglu, Extensive Record of Yunmen Weyan, (864–949).

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Baso’s Sun-faced Buddhas, Moon-faced Buddhas

Ummon's Every Day a Good Day

Ummon and the First Age Teaching

Gutei’s Lifting Up One Finger

Suibi's Meditation Chin Rest


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