Fayan Wenyi
Jap., Hogen Buneki
Dharma Eye   Language Benefit
born:  885
died:  958

place:  China
Chan master:  Luohan (J., Rakan)
Chan disciples: Baoen (J., Hoon), Guizong (J.,
Kiso), Baoci (J., Hoji), Chongshou (J., Suju), Tiantai
(J., Tendai)
Fayan is said to have started his studies in a
monastery at 7 years old. Eventually taught at
Qingliang Temple in what in now Nanjing, China.
Fayan has one of the 5 "houses" of Chan named
after him and his way of teaching--the Fayan School.

Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-mind,
ch. 5, ch. 14

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

Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 9

No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 11

Ah, This, ch. 1
              oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
         oshobob  The Living Workshop                                         
                                                       Zen Masters
When Koko, a disciple of Joshu, went to see
Master Hogen, he was asked where he had been
“With Joshu,” he answered.

Hogen asked, “I have heard about Joshu and the
oak tree; isn’t this so?”

Koko said, “It is not so!”

Hogen commented, “But everyone says that when
a monk asked about the meaning of Daruma’s
coming from the West, Joshu answered, `The oak
tree in the front garden.’ How can you say it was
not so?”

Koko replied, “My master said nothing of the kind!
Please do not insult the late master.”

Hogen commented, “Truly you are a lion’s cub!”

With deep respect – he understood Koko’s
standpoint, that now that Joshu is dead, nobody
should raise the question which was never raised
when he was alive.

Hogen was a famous master, but Koko did not care
about it. Hogen respectfully commented, “ Truly
you are a lion’s cub. You are certainly a great
disciple of Joshu...”

              No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 11