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  The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story: One year on... continue...

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EYES ARE FILLED WITH BLUE MOUNTAINS
One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters,
has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i.
The monk was dumbfound and withdrewn.
At the time, Te-shao, who was also in the assembly, was suddenly greatly awakened when heard
those words. He then presented Fa-yen the following verse:

"The summit of the peak of the mystic passover
Is not the human world;
Outside the mind, there are no things-
The eyes are filled with blue mountains."

Fa-yen gave him his seal and approval, and said: "This one verse alone can sustain my school.
In the future, kings will honor you. I am not equal to you."

Later, Te-shao appeared in the world as one of Fa-yen's successors, and was made as
a National Teacher by a king who had been a prince-student of Te-shao.

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Tsao-ch'i: referred where the Sith Patriarch Hui-neng resided, here meant Hui-neng's Ch'an.


 



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