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  Shoun became a teacher of Soto Zen. When he was still a student his father passed away, leaving him to care for his old mother. Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Since she accompanied him, when... continue...

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I HIDE NOTHING FROM YOU
One day Huang Sanku, a Confucian scholar asked Hui-tang Tsu-hsin
(1025-1100), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters:
-What is the Great meaning of Budhha dharmas?
Hui-tang replied:
-Confucius once said: "I hide nothing from you." Neither does Zen.
Do you understand what this means?
Sanku said:
-No. I don't.
Therefore, Hui-tang said:
-Follow me to the back side of this mountain...
When they were at the place where some osmanthus flowers were
blooming and the fragrance was very sweet.
Hui-tang asked:
-Do you smell the sweet osmanthus?
-Yes, I do.
-See, I hide nothing from you, either.


 



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