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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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WHO IS IN THE WELL?
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?
Hsing-k'ung replied:
-Suppose there is a man in a thousand foot deep well, if you could get him out without
using an inch of rope, then I would tell you the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West.
The monk said:
-Recently the priest Ch'ang of Hunam was talking in this way or that for people, too.
Hsing-k'ung then called Yang-shan:
-Novice, take this corpse out of here.
Later, Yang-shan took this up to Tan-yuan and asked:
-Sir, how could you get that man out of the well?
Tan-yuan said:
-Idiot! Who is in the well?
Yang-shan did not understand. Later he asked Kuei-shan the same question.
Kuei-shan immediately called out [Yang-shan's name]:
-Hui-chi!
Yang-shan responded:
-Yes!
Kuei-shan said:
-He's out.
At this, Yang-shan was greatly awakened. He said:
-At Tan-yuan I got the essence; at Kuei-shan I got the function.


 



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