died: c. 820
The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself,
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was a disciple of Choshi. On a visit
to Sekito, the monk, Sekishitsu, became
enlightened. After his enlightenment,
Sekishitsu went back to his master, Choshi.
Choshi had also been a disciple of Sekito.
Choshi said, "Did you reach Sekito?"
Sekishitsu replied, "Yes, I did, but was not
Choshi said, "Who did you receive precepts
Sekishitsu replied, "Not from him."
Choshi then said, "If you were like that there,
what will you be here?"
Sekishitsu said, "Not much difference."
Choshi said, "That is too much."
Sekishitsu said, "My tongue has no color yet."
Choshi replied, "You noisy novice – go away!"
and Sekishitsu immediately went away.
This anecdote is very strange. Its strangeness
is that it is not necessary that a man of Zen will
be able to understand another man of Zen. Of
course, a master will be able to understand all
kinds of Zen people, but a master is
multidimensional, and a man of Zen is only
one-dimensional. He has followed a certain
path, and he thinks only by following that path
does one reach to the nothingness he has
If one has to reach nothingness, any path will
do. There are as many paths as there are
people to travel. But to understand that, a
great master is needed.
There have been enlightened people, but still
they could not understand other enlightened
people for the simple reason that they have
followed a certain path and the other fellow
has not followed that particular path. They
have become too conditioned by the path.
They cannot see that when you are going into
nothingness, every path is the right path...
The Zen Manifesto: Freedom From Oneself,