China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
An indefatigable individualist, Li Zhi 李贄 (1527-1602) pledged himself no one’s disciple and swore to take on no students. Yet his biography reveals clear evidence of his involvement on both sides of the master-disciple dyad. His writings record conversations with students both male and female, religious and secular. They also commemorate revered teachers, some of whom he scarcely ever met. However, they loomed large in his mind and powerfully influenced his thought.