Heshan Wuyin
Jap., Kasan Buin
Rice Mountain   Without Richness
born:  891
died:  960    69 years

place:  China
Chan masters:  Jiufeng Daoqian (J. Kyuho),
(J., Seppo)
Chan disciples:  4 recorded as masters

Blue Cliff Record: Case 44 (Beating the Drum)

Live Zen, ch. 14

Dang Dang Doko Dang, ch. 9
             oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                           Zen Masters
aka:  Ho Shan (old W.G.)
Kasan said, “Learning by study is called hearing;
learning no more is called nearness;
transcending these two is true passing.”

A monk asked, “What is true passing?”

Kasan said, “Beating the drum.”

The monk asked again, “What is the true
teaching of the Buddha?”

Kasan said, “Beating the drum.”

The monk asked once more, “I would not ask
you about 'this very mind is the Buddha', but
what is 'no mind, no Buddha?'”

Kasan said, “Beating the drum.”

The monk still continued to ask: “When an
enlightened one comes, how do you treat him?”

Kasan said, “Beating the drum.”

Setcho put it like this:

    Dragging a stone, carrying earth,
    Use the spiritual power of a thousand-ton
    Zokotsu Roshi rolled out three wooden
    How could they surpass Kasan’s “Beating
    the Drum”?
    I will tell you, what is sweet is sweet,
    What is bitter, bitter.

This anecdote about Kasan’s beating the drum
looks so simple from the outside, but from the
inside it has tremendous meaning and is

The first….

You have to understand what a drum is.

A drum is emptiness enclosed.

There is nothing inside the drum. That is our
actual state. We are just an outside cover, inside
is emptiness. And just as the drum can speak
out of emptiness, you are doing everything out
of emptiness. This is one dimension of the
meaning of Kasan’s beating the drum...

                                               Live Zen, ch. 14