died: 901 61 years
Dongshan Liangjie (J. Tozan Ryokai)
Chan disciples: 16 recorded as masters
Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-mind,
Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 3
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Sozan once said to Shie Doja, "Aren't you
`Paper Clothes the Pilgrim'?"
Shie Doja answered, "I am not worthy of being
Sozan asked, "What is the thing beneath paper
Shie Doja said, "When just a leather garment is
put on the body, all things are of their suchness."
Sozan said, "What is the activity beneath paper
Shie Doja came near him, did as he was asked,
and died standing up.
Sozan said, "You have expounded the going,
but how about the coming?"
Shie Doja suddenly opened his eyes and asked,
"How about when a spiritual nature does not
borrow a placenta?"
Sozan said, "This is not yet wonderful."
Shie Doja asked, "What is wonderful then?"
Sozan said, "Not-borrowing borrowing."
Shie Doja thereupon said, "Be happy, be well!"
and died, sitting.
Sozan made a verse:
Do not believe, unreasonably,
that it is far off or near!
Thoughts of difference becloud the
A mind at variance with itself cannot be in
harmony with the way.
When emotion distinguishes phenomena,
we fall into materiality.
When intellect judges the manifold, we
lose the reality.
If you understand perfectly the meaning
of these words,
you are without doubt beyond danger like
those of ancient times.
This is my whole effort to introduce you to this
same experience of the ancient buddhas,
because it does not belong to time. It is a
question of diving deep into yourself. The
buddha is hiding in the paper bag. The paper
bag may be of any shape: it may be male, it may
be female; it may be young, it may be old; it may
be black, it may be white...it does not mean
anything to the inner consciousness. All
distinctions are meaningless...
Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-Mind,