Nanyang Huizhong
Jap., Nan'yo Echu
Nanyang (city name)    Wisdom Loyalty
born:  675
died:  775   100 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Huineng (J. Eno)
Chan disciples:  Danyuan (J., Tangen), Emperor
Daizong (J. Shukoso), ...
aka:  National Teacher Zhong
(Ch., Zhong Guoshi; Jap. Chu Kokushi  忠国师 )

Dazheng Guoshi (J. Daisho Kokushi)

National Teacher Zhong taught 3 succeeding
Tang Dynasty emperors, and had a high
reputation in both Chan and government circles.


Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-mind,
ch. 8

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch. 7

Zen: The Mystery and the Poetry of the Beyond,
ch. 3

The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself, ch. 1
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                                                  Zen Masters
Before Chu Kokushi died, emperor Shukusho
asked him, "When you are a hundred years old,
what shall I do for you?"

Kokushi answered, "Make a seamless pagoda for
this old monk."

The emperor said, "I would like to ask you what
style is it to be?"

Kokushi remained silent for a while, and then he
said, "Do you understand?"

"No, I do not," said the emperor.

"I have a disciple called Tangen," said Kokushi,
"who had the dharma seal transmitted by me. He
is well versed in this matter. Ask him, please."

After Kokushi's death, the emperor sent for
Tangen and asked him about it. Tangen said,

    South of Sho and north of Tan, in between,
    gold abounds.
    The ferryboat under the shadowless tree,
    no holy one in the emerald palace you see.

The anecdote ends because the emperor could
not see the heart of silence, the heart of the
universal music, the language of the shadows and
the poetry of love. But you should not miss. Do
you understand? In this silence is the whole

Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-mind,
ch. 8
Chinese simplified:  南阳慧忠