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  Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master. Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote... 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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