Jiashan Shanhui
Jap., Kassan Zenne
Mt. Jiashan     Good Assembly
born:  805
died:  881    76 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Chuanzi (J., Sensu, Yakusan lineage)
Chan disciple:  Luopu (J. Rakuho)
Surname: Liao
posthumous name: Transmitting Clarity Great Teacher

Jiashan was originally from Guangzhou, China.

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest,
ch. 1

Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 9
            oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                          Zen Masters
When a monk asked Kassan, "What is the
Way?" he answered,

"The sun overflows our eyes; for ten thousand
leagues not a cloud hangs in the sky."

"What is the Real Form of the Universe?"
asked the monk.

"The fishes at play in the clear-flowing water
make their mistakes," replied Kassan.

Kassan said, "Don't be worried about the
universe; think of yourself as just like a small
fish in the ocean."

Zen is alone in its great insight that it does not
use the word `sin', but only `mistake'. The fish
can make mistakes in the ocean, but that does
not change its original nature. Whatever you
have done, you have simply been writing on
water. Your right, your wrong, your virtue, your
sin – all are divisions of the mind. Your sinners
and your saints – all are fish in the same
ocean. Somebody is going this way, somebody
is going that way.

Not to make this distinction of sinners and
saints, of right and wrong, and just to be utterly
silent, without any judgment – this is your
original nature. You have found the universe
within yourself. Then the sun rises within you
and the whole sky with all the stars is part of
your consciousness...

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest,
ch. 1