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Lay Chan Teachers

Postby Astus » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:04 pm

Inspired by the article: Lay Practitioners in Buddhism.

There are two major records of biographies of lay students.

Jushi fendeng lu (居士分燈錄 / Record of the Division of the Lamp for Laymen; X86n1607) in 2 fascicles (72+38 biographies), by Zhu Shi'en (朱時恩), published in 1610.
Jushi zhuan (居士傳 / Biographies of Lay Buddhists; X88n1646) in 56 fascicles, by Peng Jiqing (彭際清), published in 1775.

I have looked up the names from the first fascicle of Shi'en's work and tried to provide some information in English. Most of them are quite famous historical figures, either as rulers, or as literati, or as both.

維摩詰 Weimojie (Vimalakirti)
傅大士 Fu dashi
楊衒之 Yang Xuanzhi
向居士 Xiang jushi (disciple of Huike)
李通玄 Li Tongxuan
龐道玄 Pang Daoxuan
崔群  Cui Qun
甘贄 Gan Zhi (disciple of Nanquan Puyuan)
陸亘 Lu Gen (disciple of Nanquan Puyuan)
白居易 Bai Juyi
裴休 Pei Xiu
李翱 Li Ao
于頔 Yu Di
王敬初 Wang Jingchu (disciple of Guishan Lingyou)
陳操 Chen Cao (disciple of Muzhou Daoming)
陸希聲 Lu Xisheng
張拙 Zhang Zhuo (disciple of Shishuang Qingzhu)
王延彬 Wang Yanbin (disciple of Changqing Huileng, governor of Quanzhou, nephew of Wang Shenzhi)
王隨 Wang Sui (disciple of Shoushan Shengnian, prime minister)
楊億 Yang Yi (disciple of Guanghui Yuanglian)
曾會 Zenghui (disciple of Xuedou Zhongxian)
李遵勗 Li Zunxu (disciple of Guyin Yuncong, military commissioner, son-in-law of emperor Taizong, brother-in-law of emperor Zhenzong, elder relative of emperor Renzong)
許式 Xu Shi (disciple of Dongshan Xiaocong)
夏竦 Xia Song (disciple of Guyin Yuncong, general, Duke of Ying)
范仲淹 Fan Zhongyan
楊傑 Yang Jie (disciple of Tianyi Yihuai)
劉經臣 Liu Jingchen (disciple of Zhihai Benyi)
孫比部 Sun Bibu (disciple of Yangqi Fanghui)
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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