Línjì Temple

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Línjì Temple information

Zhèngdìng , China
Linji Lu; 临济路
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This active monastery is notable for its tall, elegant, carved-brick Chénglíng Pagoda (澄灵塔; also called the Green Pagoda), topped with an elaborate lotus plinth plus ball and spire. In the Tang dynasty, the temple was home to one of Chan (Zen) Buddhism’s most eccentric and important teachers, Linji Yixuan, who penned the now famous words, ‘If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!’