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a Zen Buddhist school of Japan, characterized by the use of koans to lead to moments of insight and enlightenment
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  • In that simple form the doctrine was accepted by the rinzai believers.

  • 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

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