died: 1387 60 years
masters: Koho Kakumyo, Gasan
Zen disciples: 14 listed as masters
Mud and Water: The Collected Teachings of
Zen Master Bassui, translated by Arthur
The Original Man, ch. 1, ch. 5, ch. 7
The Buddha: The Emptiness of the Heart, ch. 5
Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 3, ch. 7
Just before his death Basui turned to the
crowd that had gathered around and said
in a loud voice:
What is there?
If you see it as it is
you will never err.
He is talking about inside. These are his
last words; he is saying, “Look straight
forward!” He is not telling anybody, he is
simply saying it to himself, Look straight
ahead. What is there? – just a pure
clarity, a silent sky, an eternal silence. If
you see it as it is, without any
preconceived ideas, without any religions
and philosophies – just as it is – you will
never err. You will never make a mistake.
You will reach directly like an arrow, and
hit the moon.
Zen’s concern is absolutely you – you in
your original nature...
The Buddha: The Emptiness of the
Heart, ch. 5
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