died: 937 74 years
Xuefeng (J. Seppo)
Chan disciples: 6 recorded as masters
Blue Cliff Record, Case 16 The Man in the
Weeds; Case 46
Live Zen: ch. 3, ch. 8
Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 9
One Seed Makes the Whole Earth Green, ch. 3
oshobob The Living Workshop
monk said to Kyosei, “I want to peck from the
inside. Would you please tap from the outside?”
Kyosei said, “Could you attain life or not?”
The monk said, “If I could not attain life I would
become a laughingstock.”
Kyosei said, “You too are a fellow in the weeds.”
Setcho put it like this:
The monk’s answer won no praise.
Strangers to each other, hen and chick,
Who can peck when the tapping comes?
Outside, the tap was given;
Inside, the chick remained.
Once again the tap was given;
Monks throughout the world attempt the
trick in vain.
Just tapping from the outside is not going to help,
unless the inner energy has become a
tremendous longing to come out. Then, even
without any tapping from outside the bird is going
to break the eggshell by itself.
There have been many masters who had no
masters. Their own longing for the truth was so
tremendous they needed no help. Their own
overflowing energy gave them the freedom to fly
into the sky. The eggshell is very thin; it is not a
China wall. You are not imprisoned in something
made of steel; you are imprisoned in something
made of thoughts. Such a thin rice paper, a
Japanese curtain, that you can come out any
moment you want. You don’t have to wait for
somebody to knock from the outside. And if you
don’t have energy, even if someone knocks it is
not going to help...
Live Zen, ch. 3