When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
Posted on May.08.2013 @ 09:57PM EDTbyjustin
Pursuant to the great paradox of Zen as action; and yet many books are written (mouldy old dead words) of it, I have found and am reading a new book (not new to the world just new to me), Zen and Japanese Culture :Suzuki in the first introductory pages i found this:
'Zen is discipline in enlightenment. Enlightenment means emancipation. And emancipation is no less than freedom. We talk very much these days about all kinds of freedom, political, economic and otherwise, but these freedoms are not at all real. As long as they are on the plane of relativity, the freedoms or liberties we glibly talk about are far from being such. The real freedom is the outcome of enlightenment. When a man realises gthis, in whatevere situation he may find himself he is always free in his inner lif, for that pursues its own line of action. Zen is the religion of jiyu (tzu-yu), self reliance, and jizai (tzu-tsai) self being. .................To realise Satori, Zen opens for us two ways in general: verbal and actional. '