By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Zen Koan as a way of accomplishing Enlightenment provides the background and alertness of the koan workout - the skill for figuring out enlightenment - with intensity and readability.
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The hut-keeper roared like a tiger; the monk behaved as though terrified; whereupon the keeper laughed heartily. four. The query within which the questioner exhibits that he nonetheless has a doubt as to his attainment and expresses his hope for affirmation. A monk requested Tao-wu of T'ien-huang, 'What shall I do whilst there's nonetheless a shadow of doubt? ' Wu responded, 'Even oneness whilst hung on to is vast of the mark. ' five. The query wherein the questioner is concerned to determine the master's angle. A monk requested Chao-chou, 'All issues are reducible to the single; yet the place is the only reducible? ' Chou stated, 'When i used to be within the district of Ch'ing I had a gown made that weighed seven chin. ' 6. The query requested by way of one that is at a loss as to easy methods to move on along with his examine of Zen. A monk requested Hsing-hua: 'I am not able to tell apart black from white. Pray enlighten me one way or the other. ' The query was once rarely out whilst the grasp gave him an excellent slashing. 7. The query requested which will probe into the attainment of the grasp. this sort of query should have been fashionable whilst the Zen monasteries have been in all places confirmed and the clergymen travelled from one grasp to a different. A monk requested Fêng-hsüeh, 'How is it that person who knows now not, by no means cherishes a doubt? ' answered the grasp, 'When a tortoise walks at the floor, he can't aid leaving lines within the dust. ' eight. The query of lack of knowledge. this doesn't appear to range from the 6th. A monk requested Hsüan-sha, 'I am a newcomer within the monastery; please inform me how one can pass on with my learn. ' 'Do you listen the murmuring circulate? ' 'Yes, grasp. ' 'If so, here's the doorway. ' nine. The query proposed by way of person who has his personal view of Zen and desires to determine how the grasp takes it. 'As to worldly wisdom and logical cleverness, i've got not anything to do with them; pray allow me have a Zen subject. ' whilst this was once requested via a monk, the grasp gave him a hearty blow. 10. The query during which an historic master's announcing is noted. A monk stated to Yün-mên, 'What may one do whilst no limitations are obvious, even if huge the eyes are open? ' stated males, 'Look! ' eleven. The query containing phrases from the sūtras. 'According to the sūtra, all beings are endowed with the Buddha-nature; how is it then that they comprehend it no longer? ' 'They know,' spoke back Shou-shan. 12. The query containing references to a recognized truth. 'The ocean is expounded to include the valuable gem; how can a guy lay fingers on it? ' spoke back Fêng-hsüeh: 'When Wang-hsiang comes, its brightness is excellent; whilst Li-lou is going, the waves roll as excessive because the sky. The extra one attempts to snatch it, the farther it vanishes; the extra one makes an attempt to work out it, the darker it grows. ' thirteen. The query that begins from an instantaneous truth of statement. 'I see that you just belong to the Brotherhood, what's the Buddha? what's the Dharma? ' San-shêng spoke back, 'This is the Buddha, this can be the Dharma, knowest thou? ' 14. The query containing a hypothetical case. 'This Buddha sits within the corridor; what's the different Buddha? ' Ching-shan's solution was once, 'This Buddha sits within the corridor.