Jap. Sofuku, (alt. sp.,  Dofuku)
born:  c. 490
died:  c. 570

place:  China
Chan master:  Bodhidharma
Chan disciples:  none recorded

Ancient Music in the Pines, ch. 9
Sengfu was one of Bodhidharma's disciples
in the well known Zen story of  "skin, flesh,
bones, and marrow".  He was the one
Bodhidharma said had his "skin" (see story
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                                                        Zen Masters
After nine years, Bodhidharma, the first Zen
patriarch, who took Zen to China from India in the
sixth century, decided that he wished to return
home. He gathered his disciples around him to test
their perception.

Dofuku said, “In my opinion, truth is beyond
affirmation or negation, for this is the way it moves.”
Bodhidharma replied, “You have my skin.”

The nun Soji said, “In my view, it is like Ananda’s
insight of the Buddha-land – seen once and
forever.” Bodhidharma answered, “You have my

Doiku said, “The four elements of light, airiness,
fluidity, and solidity, are empty, and the five
skandhas are no-things. In my opinion, no-thing is
Bodhidharma commented, “You have my bones.”

Finally, Eka bowed before the master and remained
Bodhidharma said, “You have my marrow.”

Truth is independent of all opinions. What you think
about truth is irrelevant; in fact, because you think,
you will not be able to know what is. That which is
can be known only when all thinking stops, when all
opinions are thrown away, put aside. So I say true,
but not truth; the opinion is not wrong, it is well-
informed, but it is still an opinion.
Dofuku has not
experienced it himself. He seems to be of the
philosophical bent. He has been speculating,
thinking, weaving and spinning theories...

         Ancient Music in the Pines, ch. 9