Definition of Rinzai in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɪnzʌɪ/


  • One of the three principal branches of Zen Buddhism, characterized by the active pursuit of enlightenment, especially through the extensive use of koans. Frequently attributive. Compare "Soto", Obaku .

    The teachings of Linji Yixuan reached Japan in the 12th century.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Chinese Repository. From Japanese Rinzai from Middle Chinese.