died: 938 88 years
Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind,
| oshobob The Living Workshop
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,