Jap. Doiku
Dao   Give birth
born:  c. 490
died:  c. 570

place:  China
Chan master:  Bodhidharma
Chan disciples:  none recorded

Ancient Music in the Pines, ch. 9
Daoyu was the disciple of Bodhidharma in the
famous story of "skin, flesh, bones, and marrow".
He was the "bones".
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                                                     Zen Masters
After nine years, Bodhidharma, the first Zen
patriarch, who took Zen to China from India in the
sixth century, decided that he wished to return
home. He gathered his disciples around him to test
their perception.

Dofuku said, “In my opinion, truth is beyond
affirmation or negation, for this is the way it moves.”
Bodhidharma replied, “You have my skin.”

The nun Soji said, “In my view, it is like Ananda’s
insight of the Buddha-land – seen once and
forever.” Bodhidharma answered, “You have my

Doiku said, “The four elements of light, airiness,
fluidity, and solidity, are empty, and the five
skandhas are no-things. In my opinion, no-thing is
Bodhidharma commented, “You have my bones.”

Finally, Eka bowed before the master and
remained silent.
Bodhidharma said, “You have my marrow.”

Reading this anecdote, suddenly Bodhidharma
surfaced in me. He was the man who was also a
lion. Ordinarily he would not speak, but his silence
was also terrible and terrific. He would look into
your eyes, absolutely silent, and he would go like a
cold shudder through your spine. Or he would
speak – then too he was like thunder...

                        Ancient Music in the Pines, ch. 9