died: 814 94 years
Transmission of the Lamp, Case 113
Blue Cliff Record, Case 37
Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch.
was the chief disciple of Banzan, and was
the most eccentric of all the Zen monks.
When Banzan was about to die, he asked his
monks to bring him his portrait, but he was not
satisfied with any of them.
At that time, Fuke had one of them, and Banzan
said, "Why don't you show me it then?"
Fuke turned a somersault and went out.
Banzan said, "This lunatic will pervert the true way
from now on."
You should not think that Banzan is condemning
Fuke. These words are very loving, and Banzan in
fact is saying that what other learned, so-called
scholarly people have not been able to do, the
man who was thought to be eccentric has
managed. He simply turned a somersault and
went out. He is saying something through his
gesture – "At this moment of death, why are you
worried about your portrait? What will you do with
it? Just take a somersault and go out!"
Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest,
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