Hioki Mokusen (Japanese romaji)
born:  1837
died:  1920

place:  Japan
Zen master:  Shogan Mokuchu, Sengai Ekido
Zen disciples:  

Returning to the Source: talks on Zen, ch. 4
      oshobob  The Living Workshop                                           
                                             Zen Masters
Mokusen Hiki was living in a temple in the province of
Tamba. One of his adherents complained of the
stinginess of his wife. Mokusen visited the adherent’s
wife and held his clenched fist before her face.
“What do you mean by that?” asked the surprised
“Suppose my hand were always like that,
what would you call it?” “Deformed,” replied the
Then he opened his hand flat in her face and asked,
“Suppose it were always like that – what then?”
“Another kind of deformity,” said the wife.
“If you understand that much,” finished Mokusen,
“you are a good wife.” Then he left.
After his visit this wife helped her husband to
distribute as well as to save.

The greatest art is to attain a balance, a balance
between all opposites, a balance between all
polarities. Imbalance is the disease and balance is
health. Imbalance is neurosis, and balance is well-

                 Returning to the Source, ch. 4
Served as abbot of Eihei Temple, chief temple of the
Japanese Soto lineage, and founded the Nittai,
Tanjo, and Kogyo temples.

Given the title
Myokan-doki Zenji.
Chin. pinyin: Rizhi Moxian
aka 維室黙仙 Isitsu Mokusen