Dokuon (Japanese romaji)

 China?  Japan ?
Zen master:  Ekkei ?
Zen disciples:

And the Flowers Showered, ch. 2
            oshobob  The Living Workshop                                           
                                                     Zen Masters
When Yamaoka was a brash student he visited the
Wanting to impress the master he said: 'There is no
mind, there is no body, there is no buddha. There is
no better, there is no worse. There is no master,
there is no student. There is no giving, there is no
receiving. What we think we see and feel is not real.
None of these seeming things really exists.'
Dokuon had been sitting quietly smoking his pipe,
and saying nothing. Suddenly he picked up his staff
and gave Yamaoka a terrible whack.
Yamaoka jumped up in anger.
Dokuon said: 'Since none of these things really
exists, and all is emptiness, where does your anger
come from? Think about it.'

Dokuon has created a situation, and only situations
are revealing. He could have said, 'Whatsoever you
are saying is just borrowed information.' That
wouldn't have made much difference because the
man sitting before him was fast asleep. Just talking
would not have brought him out of it; it may have
helped him to stay asleep more, he may have
started arguing. Rather than doing that, Dokuon did
the right thing; he hit hard with the staff – suddenly,
because Yamaoka was not ready for it, it came
unexpectedly. It was so sudden that he could not
arrange his character accordingly, he could not
manage a false pose. For a moment – the whack
was so sudden – the mask slipped, and the real
face came out. Just by talking this would not have
been possible. Dokuon must have been very

                          And the Flowers Showered, ch. 2