Here is a complete set of instructions detailing every aspect of daily life in a Chan temple, from the duties and responsibilities of the various officers and the practitioners to the recitation of specific prayers and sacred texts in the annual calendar of events. This text offers a view of the formation of the early Chan/Zen tradition, which has been passed down through centuries
This Taishō edition of the text relies on a fourteenth-century Yuan-era version, compiled and edited by Dongyan Dehui and Xiaowen Dasu, of the original Chan/Zen monastic regulations, the Ancient Regulations, innovated by the ninth-century Zen Master Baizhang Huaihai. Baizhang was the third lineage holder under the Sixth Patriarch of the Chan tradition, Huineng (638-714), whose teachings were recorded in the well-known Platform Sutra (Taishō 2008).
“Revised under the Yuan Imperial Edict, compiled by Dehui, Abbot of the Master Sage of Great Wisdom and Long Life Temple, and edited by Dasu, Abbot of the Great Dragons Flying to Assemble for Celebration Temple.” 8 fascicles.