1. Dahui Zonggao was the dominant figure of the Linji school during the Song dynasty.
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3. Dahui Zonggao was a vigorous critic of what he called the "heretical Chan of silent illumination" of the Caodong school (Wade–Giles: Ts'ao-tung; Japanese: Soto).
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8. On his way to Tianning Wanshou, a monastery in the old imperial city of Bian, Dahui Zonggao vowed to work with Yuanwu for nine years and if he did not achieve enlightenment, or, if Yuanwu turned out to be a false teacher, giving approval too easily, Dahui Zonggao would give up and turn to writing scriptures or treatises.
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10. Dahui Zonggao became a great favorite of the educated and literate classes as well as Chan monks and in 1137, at the age of forty-nine, Chancellor Zhang Jun, a student of Dahui, appointed him abbot of Jingshan monastery in the new capital Lin-an (modern Hangzhou, Zhejiang).
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