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?
IT WAS REALLY A TRIAL
A Japanese Zen trainee monk named Nantembo who was highly praised by the Zen master Mokurai - an abbot of the Kennin-ji temple in Kyoto - as a good example of sheer force of will in zazen. Nantembo had raging erections whenever visions of beautiful women appeared before him during Zen meditation. Nantembo cursed the erections and suppressed the enticing fantasies by sheer force of will. Nantembo himself told this tale: "Once I was traveling on a ship, and at one port my fellow passengers summoned a bevy of whores to entertain them. They got a girl for me, too, but I paid her off and told her to leave. The quarters were very cramped, and I had no choice but to place my self right in the center of the orgy and do zazen. It was really a trial!"
Edited by John Stevens
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