Teachings of Master Wuzhu
Zen and Religion of No-Religion
By the same author
The Record of the Dharma Jewel Through the Generations (Lidao fabao ji) is a little known Chan (Zen) Buddhist text of the eighth century, rediscovered in 1900. It is the only remaining artifact of the Bao Tang Chan School of Sichuan. The text relays a fascinating, sectarian history of Chinese Buddhism, intended to showcase the iconoclastic teachings of Bao Tang founder Chan Master Wuszhu (714-774).Adamek brings Master Wuzhu's experimental community to life and situates his paradigm-shifting teachings within the history of Buddhist thought.
Written by disciples of Master Wuzhu, the Lidao fabao ji is one of the earliest atempts to implement a "religion of no religion", doing away with ritual and devotionalism in favour of "formless practice". Master Wuzhu also challenged the distinctions between lay and ordained worshippers and male and female practitioners. The Lidai fabao ji captures his radical teachings through his reinterpretation of the Chinese practices of merit, repentance, precepts, and Dharma transmission. These aspects of traditional Buddhism continue to be debated, making the Lidai fabao ji a vital document of the struggles, compromises, and insights of an earlier era. Ademek's work opens with a vivid introduction animating Master Wuzhu's cultural environment and comparing his teachings to other Buddhist and historical sources.
"The translation is extremely well done...by an expert in the field with a thorough understanding of the text and its context." Morten Schlutter, author of How Zen Became Zen.