Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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YOU R SAYING IMPUDENCE TO ME! THAT IS IMPUDENCE!!!

["Why did the First Patriarch come from the West?" is a traditional question that means, "What is meaning of Buddhism?" The 'First Patriarch' is Bodhidharma, who brought Zen Buddhism to China.]

Lung-ya asked Rinzai, “What is the purpose of the Patriarch’s coming from the West?”
Rinzai said, “Hand me the backrest.”
Lung-ya handed the backrest to the Master. The Master took it and hit him with it.
Lung-ya said, “It’s all right that you hit me, but there’s still isn’t a purpose in the Patriarch’s coming from the West.”

Later, Lung-ya went to see Ts’ui-wei and asked him,
"What is the purpose of the Patriarch’s coming from the West?”
Ts’ui-wei said, “Hand me the mat.” Lung-ya handed him the mat and hit him with it.
Lung-ya said, “It’s all right that you hit me, but I still don’t see any point to the Patriarch coming from the West.”

After Lung-ya had become master of a temple, a monk entered his room to receive instruction. And the monk said, “I have heard that when you were making a pilgrimage, you had the opportunity to interview the eminent elders Rinzai and Ts’ui-wei. Did you acknowledge them?”
He said, “Yes, I met with them, and they hit me, and there still isn’t any purpose in the Patriarch’s coming from the West.”

from The Newsletter of the Zen Studies Society



SEN
chi
meaning: thousand
千円 == senen == a thousand yen
五千 == gosen == five thousand
A combination of 'person' (人) and 'one' (一). A person's whole body symbolized one thousand in ancient times. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'That one person is worth a thousand others.'
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