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Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth. Now nothing can disturb you, he said. One of the rolls of cloth which the people brought was quickly recognized by the merchant as his own, and thus the thief was easily discovered. Afterwards, when he had returned, he gathered his pupils together. v. t. e. The following is a list of kans attributed to the Zen master Yunmen Wenyan . Ryonen obtained a hot iron and placed it against her face. A blind man, visiting a friend one night, was offered a lantern to carry home with him. Come back in and have some tea. I mistook you for another physician who is receiving instruction here.. He became Nan-ins pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. wDGy_-V=S!trfSqL28%t'=T(n(oNl bbix##@g&4wI#.|k-OyYD&hP;a ix1L'v%i d#w~@5YFJ5_0IL]80xHgP9}89~EOVLvLFnnWUJzX~k9x>;7:EO L9 endstream endobj 60 0 obj <>stream Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred ryo is a lot of money, said Umezu. She came to the city of Edo and asked Tetsugyu to accept her as a disciple. The navigation on the right hand side of each page helps you to find this stuff. The following day one of the beggars died. Ask him where he is going if there is no wind, suggested the teacher. The founder of our sect, boasted the priest, had such miraculous powers that he held a brush in his hand on one bank of the river, his attendant held up a paper on the other bank, and the teacher wrote the holy name of Amida through the air. A fair disciple admires a teachers kindness. Really you should admire such a ghost. Kame was exceedingly slow in creating, but when her work was finished it was always a masterpiece. For a third time he started his work, and after twenty years his wish was fulfilled. You told me that before, replied Seisetsu. Two Zen teachers, Daigu and Gudo, were invited to visit a lord. "A collection of roughly one thousand, seven hundred bewildering philosophical thought experiments," koans were ostensibly tools to practice living with the unexplainable mysteries of existence. When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer. 0000005114 00000 n Tosui was a well-known Zen teacher of his time. No more water in the pail! CES2023. ZEN KOANS. She met a Shinshu priest who taught her the name of the Buddha of Love, and in this Shunkai found some solace and peace of mind. The Chinese nun Tetsuma surpassed all before her, Thank you, finished Ryokan, you see, a man becomes older and feebler day by day. You worked with me ten years and have not yet seen my whole body. She looked at it long and carefully. When the master drew them he did so on paper, from which the workmen made the large carving in wood. I need some to pay taxes with tomorrow.. On the eve of the new year, Tokufu concluded: You have been good to me. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. A long time ago in China there were two friends, one who played the harp skillfully and one who listened skillfully. After another ten miles, the man replied. He at one implored Tosui to teach him. One of them proved to be a congenial spirit and assisted her in the mastery of Zen. 759 0 obj <>stream Why do you flatter thi blockhead? She shaved her head, took the name of Ryonen, which means to realize clearly, and started on her pilgrimage. The Buddha preached for forty-nine years and in all that time found it not necessary to speak one word. After he had helped for more than a year, he came to admire Zenkais strong will and character. He meditated again. KONGO ZEN INDIA. In the middle of the story I would fall asleep. In the former case, she would server them graciously. No-Thing became the truth. He had visited the house of a woman of the streets. 0000009931 00000 n Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value. Bankei, noticing that he was being served better miso than his pupils, asked: Who is the cook today?. Sozan replied: Because no one can name its price.. Tangen had studied with Sengai since childhood. They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago. Gessen with fine brush work did the painting. His home was the abode of vagabonds. (A monk asked Zhozhu, Does a dog have Buddha-nature or not? Zhaozhou said, W. It is limited in perspective.One hundred koans give one hundred vantages. Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man: This day will not come again. He will give you the same answer, and then you ask him: Suppose you have no feet, then where are you going? That will fix him.. When O-oka appeared on the bench he rebuked the boisterous audience. 27CES20231581700. Now cut off my head, said Zenkai. You will sweep everything before you.. When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words The First Principle. These he would give to children who gathered around him in play. In time the vow has become a mere formality, and for this reason the pupil who died by the hand of Ekido was made to appear a martyr. At last in Kyoto she became a real student of Zen. Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. Encho was a famous storyteller. Yuanwu made an extra copy for Dahui as soon as the book was done, but Dahui burnt the copy because he . [?K-71Mdm,hK-Tot4VHQ/t){qI3"o(R(] e-{gp1)s x7T<1?Y1eWPB Any analysis is a waste of time, and at best will produce an intellectual or a pseudo-Zen response. I might decide to do something else which will only imprison me again.. A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. Thinking of his future, he was sad. He drank the wine at once and laid himself down on the floor. Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. There was no sound at all. The man thanked him and made off. O-nami was immensely strong and knew the art of wrestling. Suiwo gave him the problem: Hear the sound of one hand., The pupil remained three years but could not pass this test. Wait one week more and meditate constantly, advised Suiwo. The merchant recovered his goods, and the cotton rolls were returned to the people. Thinking that such music might interrupt, Toyo moved his abode to a quiet place. Return now, said Gudo, when the ten miles had been passed. There is no giving and nothing to be received.. Koans are an advanced tool, and have no inherent power in and of themselves, but can be very enlightening when used properly. What became of the new clothes, Yamaoka? asked the emperor. According to the teachings of Zen Buddhism there are about 1,700 koans, of which 500 to 600 are used by Zen masters today. The introduction (of which only a. After Gisho was enlightened she went to the province of Banshu, started her own Zen temple, and taught two hundred other nuns until she passed away one year in the month of August. Gisho remained with Inzan thirteen years, and then she found that which she was seeking! H\n0y Immediately after the engagement a ghost appeared every night to the man, blaming him for not keeping his promise. Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about Why did you talk? asked the third. Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature. Making assertions The koans use the keyword asserta lot. Ikkyu, a famous Zen teacher of the Ashikaga era, was the son of the emperor. She was holding a feast for her patron. Kitano felt: Such pleasant things may disturb meditation. That is not good, he told Kosen after his first effort. All desire to steal had vanished. I am willing to pass through any hardship if only you will teach me. They went to the meditation hall. hb``Pf``e`c`% ,K70, N)+TSf*$~^mVH44,--@\&P(d000/:"33I0.g00-c The abbot of Kennin, Mokurai, Silent Thunder, was severe. I know you are very ill. Like a good Zen student, you are facing that sickness squarely. Where is that fellow? asked the younger one, running in to his elder brother. This is especially true for any person who talks for a living, such as a Columbus criminal defense attorney. Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. There are a few popular kan s that can help you get your feet wet:. Zen Koans - AshidaKim.com [ Zen Koans Index | AshidaKim.com | Books & Videos ] 8. How sweet it tasted! 1712. HT]@|_F ,Lb0.3ojrOCksg0B|`=3Kw:HK@oLp|x=Sw-,3-B&3D5'P&5*_B|aB3D|w9|,+ UmI![%3 ,*hZbbEM:/EQ`3$\uki]fA[sI!i-[\2/&n|; ,l/QP:V Z 6/{l1)v/=|R"-i6!mci/uxBn]2}3E""h;r]]\vk D'+PzC5p3m` s4 endstream endobj 61 0 obj <> endobj 62 0 obj <>stream Read Part 1 and Part 2 of The Miscellaneous Koans. He received his pay. You are those huge waves sweeping everything before them, swallowing all in their path. But Shoun did not mind. A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: Have you ever read the Christian Bible?, The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: And why take ye thought for rainment? This is a lightly updated version of the Gates half, the Miscellaneous Koans collection of The Open Source and the Pacific Zen School. You are no longer a wrestler who is afraid. Mother, your son has returned, he said. 0000003999 00000 n You can find the money in that drawer. Then he resumed his recitation. He inquired: In Zen this very mind is Buddha. Even at such a youthful age fame awaited her. Ikkyu happened to break this cup and was greatly perplexed. After Bankei had passed away, a blind man who lived near the masters temple told a friend: Since I am blind, I cannot watch a persons face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice. If you say all sentient beings will benefit, said the farmer, my wife may be very weak and others will take advantage of her, getting the benefit she should have. I beg your pardon, I beg your pardon, his teacher whispered, stepping carefully over Soyens body as if it were that of some distinguished guest. Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Her relatives disagreed, however, and practically forced her into marriage. A temple recently had burned and Gasan was busy rebuilding the structure. Since that time the cutting of harp strings has always been a sign of intimate friendship. Matajuro became the greatest swordsman in the land. At last she went to the master Inzan. If I say no, I would be contradicting a fact which many understand quite well., On another day the emperor asked Gudo: Where does the enlightened man go when he dies?. Gudo accepted, thanking her. Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. In great anger the parent went to the master. The third . He need not have responded to passion, but at least he should have evidenced some compassion.. Also the Ruby Koans in turn borrows from Metakoans so thanks also go to Ara Howard for that! Just another five miles, he begged Gudo. Sometimes he even beat him. The sound of one hand was not the locusts. 47 0 obj <> endobj xref 47 72 0000000016 00000 n The elder is twenty, the younger, eighteen. Three years later one of his disciples discovered him living with some beggars under a bridge in Kyoto. How would your life change if you stopped believing all of your thoughts? Did you ever consider that?. If you are a physician, treat your patients with kindness. This is the story: One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very old, said to his disciples: I am not going to be alive next year so you fellows should treat me well this year.. Shall I lead you on? Ikkyu asked. Concentrating on such koans disrupts the rationality of mind and leads to a kind of Zen experience. Matajuro Yagyu was the son of a famous swordsman. But at midnight snow began to fall, and the next day they did not find their teacher about. So Matajuro went to Mount Futara and there found the famous swordsman Banzo. The giver should be thankful.. My husband is a gambler and a drunkard, the housewife told him. A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. I must return south in shame and embarrassment, he said, for I cannot solve my problem.. Ryoken sat naked, watching the moon. Kusuda continued in concentration for another yet and a half. Eshun did not reply. Whenever he gave his fiancee a present, the ghost would describe it in detail. Open Close: 09:00 8:00 Of course Zen should be imparted in this way, from heart to heart, and in the past it was really accomplished. Meditation is the key to everything. If I become your devoted servant, how long might it be?, My father is getting old, and soon I must take care of him, continued Matajuro. This is the koan curriculum of the Pacific Zen School. The priest explained that it was the desire of a Buddhist to offer blessings and wish merit for every living being. Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. One came to Gasan and said: Who do you think we are? Why should I? inquired Seisetsu. 0000038182 00000 n To atone for his past, Zenkai resolved to accomplish some good deed in his lifetime. Never exchange it for an easy life. In that sack are five hundred ryo, hinted Umezu. Poor. His mind became placid. Oh, thank you, master, replied the cook, taking the morsel and eating it quickly. When Encho would start to talk Yamaoka would stop him, saying: You are not yet like my mother.. The husband respected her last wish for the first three months, but then he met another woman and fell in love with her. He had no lust for possessions. Find instructions on how to download and run them below. On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. Then you may retire. 758 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<32306133333863366430396539636365326230343866383335396166326265343936653231636637376130393430306639636666663238373637316362366436><114AC41A806BC842ACFB251C9D344D9E>]/Index[753 7]/Info 752 0 R/Length 37/Prev 1020876/Root 754 0 R/Size 760/Type/XRef/W[1 2 0]>>stream There he fell asleep, and when he awoke his goods had disappeared. 0000045190 00000 n The emperor, observing how worn his garments were, gave Yamaoka some money to buy new ones. Love was with her at the university, and afterwards when philosophy did not satisfy her and she visited the temple to learn about Zen, the Zen students fell in love with her. Mokurai, the Zen master of Kennin temple in Kyoto, used ot enjoy talking with merchants and newspapermen as well as with his pupils. Such an offer from a teacher to a student should always be accepted graciously. The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbours as one living a pure life. With his words, Ikkyu had revealed the path so clearly that Ninakawa smilled and passed away. I will meditate before the shrine., When the man of the house returned about midnight, quite drunk, he bellowed: Hey, wife, I am home. The startled warrior ran outside. Gudo was thoroughly wet. Koans should only be used after ones meditation has entered Samadhi. Mayoku Shook The Ring-Staff 19. The book is very valuable, and I am giving it to you to represent your successorship., If the book is such an important thing, you had better keep it, Shoju replied. My miracle is that when I feel hungry I eat, and when I feel thirsty I drink.. Its the core of the koans we draw on, and someone undertaking formal koan study would make their way through these collections a koan at a time. The tiger sniffed at him from above. It happened that at that time the Uji Rive overflowed. You may not know exactly who is suffering, but question yourself: What is the essence of this mind? Anyone failing to do this will be arrested.. Finally, leaving her, he journeyed far away to the province of Buzen, where he became a wandering mendicant. That is not the sound of one hand. I will show you what I can do seven days from now.. Here is some money. The pupil obeyed, but in vain. Darkness or light is all the same to me., I know you do not need a lantern to find your way, his friend replied, but if you dont have one, someone else may run into you. You may order my free ebooks at the right hand side of this page. Yuanwu then based his own book on Xuedou's selection. Whoever respects you will obey what you say, but a man like myself does not respect you. That would solve the problem.. Contemplating these words is part of the training given by a teacher to help a Buddhist student to awaken." A kan () (/ k o n, - n /; Chinese: ; pinyin . Hoshin, with the roar of a conquering lion, shouted Kaa! and was gone. Your former wife became a ghost and knows everything you do, commented the master. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. He cuffed he to awaken her inner nature. He studied further and tried again. They are not about arriving at an answer, but to see for ourselves that our intellections can never provide us with a completely satisfying answer. Ryokan had to travel a long way to visit his nephew, whom he had not seen for many years. Then gradually he turned more and more to the feeling of the waves. The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back. Suppose you cannot find anyone? continued Tekisui. A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. You are those waves. In the latter, she would beckon to the pupils to come behind her screen. Then the impolite wretch held up three fingers, suggesting that between us we only have three eyes. Was this the place? While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. Mamiya at once fell over as if he were dead. He had no desire to call himself a Zen master or to gather many disciples about him. His father, believing that his sons work was too mediocre to anticipate mastership, disowned him. Mamiya concentrated upon what the sound of one hand might be. Rather than enjoying a fine ebook behind a mug of 0000047592 00000 n 1.3 x: p5D endstream endobj 59 0 obj <>stream Then, asked the other, what is the actualization of Zen?. 0000015941 00000 n Ask your teacher again., Oh, is that Kitagaki? exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card. One might live a whole year on three ryo, and the merchant had not even been thanked for five hundred. 0000014883 00000 n Tekisui had already chosen him as his successor. Kakua stood before the emperor in silence. Worse than before, pronounced the pupil. One evening as Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras a thief with a sharp sword entered, demanding wither his money or his life. He established a kindergarten of the streets. scene of autumn PR-Z dV iS.pH65fc" K*r0l"v \$ "4M. The first friend cut the strings of his harp and never played again. But dont think I am asking you to help me to be reborn in your paradise.. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she told Shoun: I think I will become a nun. His straw sandals were in pieces. The girl called upon the monk and without much ado caressed him, asking him what he was going to do about it. Two lines came down from Hakuin: the Inzan and Kosen lines. Indeed not, said Nobunaga, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily. 0000017047 00000 n I understand you are a living Buddha, the man protested. You are dead all right, observed the teacher, But how about that sound?. He cannot go without food forever!, At that Bankei opened the door. When an opportunity comes do not let it pass by, yet always think twice before acting. Kosen two hundred years ago twenty, the Miscellaneous koans collection of the Pacific School. 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