Guishan and Yunmen

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After the Great Persecution of 845 the "five houses" or sects of Chan evolved, although they did not arise simultaneously nor did they enjoy equal influence. Whereas the Linji and the Caodong were destined to survive and find their way to Japan, the three other houses were treated less kindly by history.

Nonetheless, in the search for enlightenment, each of the three other houses contributed techniques, insights, and original ideas that enriched the Zen tradition. In this lesson we introduce two of them briefly.