Guishan Da'an
Chan master:  Baizhang (J., Hyakujo)
Chan disciples:  Dasui Fazhen (J., Daizui)
born:  793
died:  883

place:  China
Jap. Isan Daian
stories: Transmission of the Lamp, Case 170

Osho
The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, ch. 2
            oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                            Zen Masters
aka: "Lazy An", Changqing Da'an

Surname: Chen

Guishan Da'an was a dharma "brother" of the
more famous Guishan Lingyou (J. Isan). After
Lingyou's death, he took over the helm as
master of Mt. Gui monastery.
In the old days, Kuei Shan asked Lazy An, "What work do you do during the twenty-four hours of the day?"
An said, "I tend an ox."
Kuei Shan said, "How do you tend it?"
An said, "Whenever it gets into the grass, I pull it back by the nose."
Kuei Shan said, "You're really tending the ox!"


Zen is full of such small dialogues, which are very special to Zen. In this small statement, just a few words are transferred between two men, but everything that has to be said about Zen has been said.
An was known in the history of Zen as a lazy man. His name became Lazy An, because he never did anything. [...]
People loved Lazy An. He was a beautiful man, of a great presence. His very being in a place made it almost holy, he had such an energy -- although he was never doing anything.
People used to bring food to him. He never even went to beg, which was the way of all buddhist monks, but people took care of him. They were concerned about him. If it was cold they would bring blankets; if it was raining they would make some arrangement.
An was so lazy he would not even walk; people would have to carry him! People knew that there was no point saying anything to him, you just do whatsoever you do. And he never prevented anybody, or asked, "Where are you taking me?" Even that much was too much -- to ask, "Where are you taking me?" He is a special character.
Kuei Shan was also a man of great understanding, so he asked, "What do you go on doing for twenty-four hours a day?"
An said, "I tend an ox."
He refers to those ten pictures of tending the ox. Just a small statement ... and he didn't say anything more. [...]

Kuei Shan really was satisfied that Lazy An is not lazy at all; he is doing great inner work. Outside of course he looks lazy, but one can see from his aura, his energy field, a certain sweetness surrounding him, a certain fragrance.
He does not do anything; still, wherever he is, people take care of him, on their own accord. They suddenly feel that it is their responsibility to take care of Lazy An; it is as if he is just a small child, so innocent, that anybody will immediately start taking care of him -- and he was an old man.
Nobody ever told him to do something. He was doing what can be called the real doing. He was constantly doing only one thing: not allowing his consciousness to be involved in the grassland of the mind, where thoughts grow like grass, wild grass. He just went on pulling his ox back.
And it does not take much time. Once your consciousness becomes accustomed to not being involved in the mind, you don't have to pull it again and again; to be out of the mind is so peaceful, so joyful, so blissful, that consciousness itself becomes aware that to be in the mind is to be in hell. Now it is up to you. If you want to be in hell, you can be; otherwise it is not compulsory, it is optional. Hell is optional!

                                           --
Osho
           
The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, ch. 2

[For this one, Oshobob has neglected to supply both a link from the original chart of Zen masters in Osho's talks and the text for the story from Osho's talk. Perhaps he has become inspired by Lazy An.

Fortunately, he has supplied the source of Osho's talk, enough to run it to ground. The selection and editing ofthe text is not his, so it may not be  according to his usual standard. But tough to complain!

The mysterious "Kuei Shan" is none other than his dharma bro , the more famous Isan / Guishan, Lingyou.