Nanta Guangyong
Jap., Nanto Koyu
South Pagoda    Bright Rising
born:  850
died:  938   88 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Yangshan (J. Kyozan)
Chan disciples:  Bajiao (J. Basho)

Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind,
ch. 6
        oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                    Zen Masters

Basho told how he first met with the master, Nanto.

He said, "When I was twenty-eight years old, I went
on a pilgrimage, and reached where Nanto was

Ascending the rostrum, Nanto said, `All you
people, if you are enlightened, you will come out of
your mother's womb and roar like a lion. You know
what this roaring means?'"

Basho added, "Immediately my mind and body
were rendered motionless, and I stopped with him
for five years."

Just the way he said `roaring', just the way he was,
his presence, his heartbeat; and Basho lived with
him for five years without a single word passing
between the master and the disciple.

And Basho became one of the greatest masters in
his own right. He deserved it. Every man of silence,
of love, of no-mind is a born master. Whether he
has disciples or not does not matter. The master
can be alone and yet be the master. His being a
master does not depend on followers, on disciples,
but on his own awareness...

Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-mind,
ch. 6