Baizhang (J. Hyakujo)
Chan disciples: none recorded as teachers.
had become an enlightened
master, he said to his monks, “I’m not going to
explain any more debates; you know, it’s just a
At this, a monk stood up from the assembly and
came forward; Daiji went back to his room.
On another occasion, when Daiji was sweeping
the ground, Joshu asked him how to manifest
Daiji repeated, “How can we manifest prajna?” At
this, Joshu gave a great laugh.
The next day, seeing Joshu sweeping the ground,
Daiji asked him, “How can we manifest prajna?”
Joshu put down his broom and laughed aloud,
clapping his hands.
Daiji went back to his room.
Certainly Daiji has not yet come to the point
where he can understand that there are things
which cannot be understood, and there are
mysteries which remain always mysteries. You
can live them, you can sing them, you can dance
them, but you cannot explain them.
Who has been able to explain what is beauty?
Who has been able to explain what is truth?
These mysteries have been experienced by
many, by thousands down the ages in all parts of
the world – it is nobody’s monopoly...
No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 7
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