Manzan Dohaku (Jap.)
born:  1635
died:  1714

place:  Japan
Zen master:  Gesshu Soko
Zen disciples:

The Original Man, ch. 6
           oshobob  The Living Workshop                                           
                                                      Zen Masters
Manzan said:

The ultimate way is the one real great way. The
Mind of faith is the non-dualistic, inconceivable
Mind and the way do not decrease when in
illusion, nor increase when in enlightenment;
everything is perfect reality, each particular is
complete – you can't grasp or reject anything.

However, even so, "If you do not practice it, it
will not become manifest; if you do not realize it,
you cannot attain it."
It is like having a jewel hidden in your pocket
and suffering for want of food and clothing...

Manzan is an enlightened master. What he is
saying is absolutely true, but the way he has
been translated... and I cannot blame the
translator either. Manzan is speaking from high
on top of the mountains, snow-peaked, and the
translator is translating in the dark valleys of the
unconscious mind. It is almost like a
conversation between a sleeping man and a
waking man. The waking man says something
and the sleeping man, if he hears at all, hears
something else. Most probably he does not
hear; he goes on weaving his own dreams...

                                 The Original Man, ch. 6
Manzan was in the Soto line of Zen in Japan and
was the abbot at the
Daijo-ji Temple.

aka:  "The Great Reformer"

Note:  The first character in Manzan's name is the
swastika symbol from India, which originally denoted
the "samsara", or never-ending "wheel of life"
concept of Hindu religious thought, eventually
transferred to Buddhism.  It was transplanted to
China and the rest of Asia with the expansion of
Buddhist ideas, and is seen in both the "right" and
"left" movements of the wheel, the direction having
no real significance in meaning.  It was also,
unfortunately, the symbol that the
Nazis of 20th
century Germany used for their political
organization. It is also interesting to note that this
symbol is one of the very rare non-Chinese derived
characters used in the Chinese/Japanese ideogram
Ch.,  Wanshan Daobai
                     "Samsara" Mt.   Dao Pure