died: 932 78 years
master: Xuefeng (J., Seppo)
Chan disciples: Wang Yanbin, ...
|Chokei one day said, “Even if
you say that the
arhats still have three poisons, you should not
say that the tathagata has two languages. I do
not say that the tathagata has no language
but that he does not have two languages.”
Hofuku said, “What is the tathagata’s
Chokei said, “How can a deaf person hear it?”
Hofuku said, “I know you are speaking from a
Chokei said, “What is the tathagata’s
Hofuku said, “Have a cup of tea.”
This answer –“Have a cup of tea”– means
listen to a buddha or become a buddha. It
simply means have a taste of it, don’t talk
about it. It is not a question to be discussed, it
is something to be experienced like taste….
Have a cup of tea!
This statement, “Have a cup of tea,” comes in
many Zen anecdotes from different directions...
Live Zen, ch. 15
| oshobob The Living Workshop