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Rinzai

noun
  1. a Zen Buddhist school of Japan, characterized by the use of koans to lead to moments of insight and enlightenment
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Examples from the Web for rinzai

Historical Examples

  • In that simple form the doctrine was accepted by the Rinzai believers.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2

    Various

  • Rinzai: I asked him thrice what was the fundamental doctrine of Buddhism and each time he hit me with his stick.

    Zen Buddhism

    Arthur Waley

  • Upon his deathbed Rinzai summoned his disciples round him and asked which of them felt capable of carrying on his work.

    Zen Buddhism

    Arthur Waley

  • But Rinzai groaned and cried out, To think that such a blind donkey should undertake to hand on my teaching!

    Zen Buddhism

    Arthur Waley