Linji Yixuan

850 - 866

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Linji Yixuan (simplified Chinese: 临济义玄; traditional Chinese: 臨濟義玄; pinyin: Línjì Yìxuán; Wade–Giles: Lin-chi I-hsüan; Japanese: 臨済義玄 Rinzai Gigen; died 866 CE) was the founder of the Linji school of Chan Buddhism during Tang Dynasty China. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Linji Yixuan has received more than 144,972 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Linji Yixuan is the 457th most popular philosopher (down from 448th in 2019), the 325th most popular biography from China (up from 329th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Linji Yixuan is most famous for his teachings on the "Four Great Vows." He believed that the Buddha's teachings were not enough for people to achieve enlightenment. Linji Yixuan believed that people needed to make vows to themselves in order to overcome their own delusions. The Four Great Vows are: to be born as a human being, to become a Buddha, to liberate all beings, and to acquire the wisdom of the Buddha.

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Among philosophers, Linji Yixuan ranks 457 out of 1,089Before him are Leo Strauss, Vincent of Beauvais, Luce Irigaray, Francisco Ferrer, James Ussher, and Phaedo of Elis. After him are Roger Scruton, Jean-Luc Nancy, Dong Zhongshu, Priscian, Antiochus of Ascalon, and Berengar of Tours.

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Among people born in 850, Linji Yixuan ranks 12Before him are Ingólfr Arnarson, Berengar I of Italy, Pope Romanus, Pope Stephen V, Pope Stephen VI, and Pope Stephen VII. After him are Istakhri, Emperor Seiwa, Adelaide of Paris, Vladimir of Bulgaria, Abu Zayd al-Balkhi, and Bruno, Duke of Saxony. Among people deceased in 866, Linji Yixuan ranks 3Before him are Al-Kindi and Robert the Strong. After him are Bardas, Ordoño I of Asturias, Liudolf, Duke of Saxony, Al-Musta'in, Charles the Child, and Eberhard of Friuli.

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Among people born in China, Linji Yixuan ranks 325 out of 1,186Before him are Yuan Chonghuan (1584), Lin Yutang (1895), Shi Nai'an (1296), Emperor Wenzong of Tang (809), Meng Haoran (690), and Yelü Chucai (1189). After him are Dong Biwu (1886), Marquis of Haihun (-92), Ai Weiwei (1957), Emperor Shun of Han (115), Dong Zhongshu (-179), and 11th Dalai Lama (1838).


Among philosophers born in China, Linji Yixuan ranks 18Before him are Shen Kuo (1031), Huineng (638), Wang Yangming (1472), Han Yu (768), Guan Zhong (-720), and Ban Zhao (45). After him are Dong Zhongshu (-179), Su Song (1020), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Ge Hong (284), Huiyuan (334), and Hu Shih (1891).