Zhi'i (Venerable) (538-597)


The Venerable Master Jr-Yi

The third patriarch of the Chinese Tyan-Tai School of Mahayana Buddhism, which is based on the teachings of the Dharma Flower (Lotus) Sutra.

"When Great Master "Wise One" [Jr-Yi] went to pay his respects, Great Master [Hwei-]Sz, [the second Tyan-Tai patriarch], said to him, 'Oh, so you have come. We listened to the Dharma Flower Sutra together on Vulture Peak at the time of Shakyamuni Buddha.' As soon as Great Master "Wise One" heard that, he realized, 'Yes, that's right. We did investigate the Dharma Flower Sutra together at the time of Shakyamuni Buddha.'

"Afterwards, Great Master "Wise One" had a state. He was reading the Dharma Flower Sutra and reached the section in which Medicine King Bodhisattva burns his body as an offering to the Buddha, the passage that reads:

This is true vigor. This is called a true offering of Dharma.

He suddenly entered samadhi, right while reading the text, and was able to see the Dharma Flower Assembly on Vulture Peak with Shakyamuni Buddha still speaking the Dharma and the multitudes of Bodhisattvas, Sound Hearers, and those of the Eightfold Division listening to the Dharma Flower Sutra." (FAS-PII(2) 3)

The Venerable Master Jr-Yi is not only considered one of the truly great enlightened Buddhist masters of China, but also is well known for his clear and systematic explanations of Buddhist meditational practices and doctrinal systems.


1) Ch. jr yi .

See also: Tyan-Tai School, Dharma Flower (Lotus) Sutra.

BTTS References: FAS-PII(2) 1-4; DFS I 1, 15, 17-18, 35, 53, 55; VBS #129, Feb, 1981, p. 1.


The Chinese word for their country, which is referred to as China in the West. Junggwo means the 'country in the center.'


1) Ch. jung gwo .