Huike
(Dazu Huike)
Jap. Taiso Eka
born:  487
died:  593   105 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Bodhidharma (Ch., Damo, J., Daruma)
Chan disciple:  Sengcan (J., Sosan)
stories:

Osho books:
Huike
was the 2nd Chinese Chan Ancestor,
following Bodhidharma. As the story goes, he
was the one who cut off part of his arm to show
Bodhidharma he was a sincere disciple.  Also, in
the famous story of the "skin, flesh, bones, and
marrow" of the master, Huike was the "marrow".
These two stories are told and retold countless
times by Osho in many of his talks.
Huike taught for a time at Shaolin Temple, near
Luoyang, Henan, China.  Later was said to have
become a laborer in the city, eventually dying of some
sort of politically based intrigue.
original birth name: Ji Guang
changed name at 32 years: Shenguang
name usually known as in Chan literature: Huike
posthumous name:  Dazu Chanshi

aka:  Hui Ko (old W.G.)
Great Ancestor     Wisdom Speak
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                                                         Zen Masters
Although there were two million Buddhist monks in
China, Bodhidharma could find only four worthy to
be accepted as his disciples. He was really very
choosy. It took him almost nine years to find his
first disciple,
Hui Ko.

For nine years – and that is a historical fact,
because there are ancientmost references,
almost contemporary to Bodhidharma which all
mention that fact although others may not be
mentioned – for nine years, after sending Wu
back to the palace, he sat before the temple wall,
facing the wall. He made it a great meditation. He
would just simply go on looking at the wall. Now,
looking at the wall for a long time, you cannot
think. Slowly, slowly, just like the wall, your mind
screen also becomes empty.

Nine years passed. People could not find what to
do – what action would satisfy him. They could
not figure it out. Then came this young man, Hui
Ko. He cut off one of his hands with the sword,
and threw the hand before Bodhidharma and
said, “This is the beginning. Either you turn, or my
head will be falling before you. I am going to cut
my head too..”

                                            --Osho
Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master, ch. 1