died: c. 840
master: Mayu (J. Mayoku)
Chan disciples: none recorded.
oshobob The Living Workshop
the head monk, Ryosui, went first to see
Mayoku, Mayoku took up his hoe and began to
weed. Ryosui went to the place where he was
weeding, but Mayoku deliberately took no notice of
him and went back to his room and shut the door.
The next day the same thing happened, but this time
Ryosui knocked at the door.
Mayoku said, "Who is it?"
Ryosui had hardly uttered his name when he was
enlightened and said, "Do not make a fool of me. If I
had not visited you, I would have been deceived all
my life by the Twelve Division Canon."
Mayoku opened the door and confirmed Ryosui's
Ryosui went back to his place of learning, resigned
from it, and said to the assembled learners, "What
you know, I know; what I know, you don't know."
To the fellow scholars who were pondering over
scriptures, before leaving them he made the
statement, "What you know – the scriptures – I also
know. But what I know – myself – you don't know."
There is no way of knowing oneself through words,
systems of beliefs, scriptures. There is only one way,
and that is to enter immediately into your own self as
deeply as possible, cutting all weeds, not being
prevented by any thought, and suddenly you come
to the source of your life. It is fire and it is eternal
fire. Once you have experienced it, it is always with
you. It will radiate in your presence; even others will
feel the radiation. Those who are a little receptive,
those who are not utterly blind, will even see the
change, the rebirth, the revolution that you have
Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch. 15