Danxia Tianran
Mt. Danxia (Red Glow)      Natural
Japanese:  Tanka Tennen
born:  739
died:  824    85 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Shitou (J., Sekito), Mazu (J., Baso)
Chan disciples:  Cuiwei (J., Suibi), ....
Danxia Tianran was a scholar studying to be a
government official in China, when he was diverted
to the path of Chan. He had encounters with
masters Mazu and Shitou, and ended up teaching
on Mount Danxia in Guangdong Province.

Live Zen, ch. 16,

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch.

I Celebrate Myself: God is No Where, Life is Now
Here, ch. 7

The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself, ch. 1,
ch. 2, ch. 3, ch. 4, ch. 5, ch. 9
Danxia asked a monk, “Where are you from?”
The monk replied, “From the foot of the mountain.”
Danxia said, “Have you had your dinner?”
The monk said, “I have had it.”
Danxia said, “Is he open-eyed who brings food to a
fellow like you and lets you eat it?”
The monk could make no reply.

Changqing asked Baofu, “To give food to
others is surely worthy. How could he fail to be
Baofu said, “Both giver and receiver are blind.”
Changqing said, “Are you still blind, even though
you exhaust every means?”
Baofu said, “How can you call me blind?”
        oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                    Zen Masters
One day, Sekito announced to everybody that the
next day they would weed the grass in front of the
Buddha Hall. The following day, all the monks
gathered with sickles in their hands, but only
came with a tray filled with water. Before coming
there he had washed his hair, but it was not yet
shaven. Now he kneeled down in front of Sekito,
and seeing him, Sekito laughed, and shaved
Tanka's head. As the master usually did, Sekito
gave Tanka some specific commandments, but as
he did so, Tanka walked away covering his ears
with his hands.

Tanka then left for Kosei to see Ma Tzu. Arriving at
the monastery, he went into the hall and, climbing
on the statue of Manjushri, sat there. The other
monks were astonished and told Ma Tzu, who
came in, looked at him and said, "My son is

Tanka came down, made a bow and said, "Thank
you for giving me a dharma name."

Ma Tzu then asked, "Where do you come from?"

Tanka said, I come from Sekito."

Ma Tzu said, "The path on the stonehead is
slippery. Did you fall over?"

Tanka replied, "If I had fallen over, I wouldn't have
come here."

I would have waited. I have not fallen over, I have
risen above.

That's why he was sitting on the head of Manjushri
– declaring, "I am another Manjushri and I have not
fallen over; otherwise I would not be here. I would
not have come to show my face to you again
without becoming a buddha."

This man, Tanka Tennen, became a master in his
own right. But his whole teaching was just to be

I Celebrate Myself: God is No Where, Life is Now
Here, ch. 7