Jeffrey L. Broughton bargains an annotated translation of the Whip for Spurring scholars Onward throughout the Chan Barrier Checkpoints (Changuan cejin), which he abbreviates to Chan Whip. This anthology, compiled by way of Yunqi Zhuhong (1535-1615), has served as a Chan guide in either China and Japan given that its booklet in 1600. To signify the Chan Whip as "late Ming Chan" is inaccurate-in truth, it's a survey of just about the whole lot of Chan literature, operating from the past due 800s (Tang dynasty) to approximately 1600 (late Ming). The Chan extracts, the majority of the publication, are by means of a brief part of extracts from Buddhist canonical works (showing Zhuhong's adherence to the "convergence of Chan and the teachings"). The Chan extracts intentionally eschew summary discussions of conception in prefer of autobiographical narratives, anecdotal sketches, exhortations, sermons, sayings, and letters that deal very frankly-sometimes humorously-with the concrete ups and downs of lived perform.
Recent many years have obvious the ebook in English of a few handbooks on Zen perform via modern East Asian masters. The Chan Whip, even though four hundred years previous, is as valuable to brand new practitioners as those smooth works. The scholarly literature on Chan earlier has fascinated about the Tang and track dynasties-by giving us furthermore the sayings of Yuan- and Ming-dynasty masters this translation fills a spot in that literature.