|born: c. 740
died: c. 810
master: Mazu (J. Baso)
| oshobob The Living Workshop
Yin Feng was about to die he said
to the people around him, “I have seen monks
die sitting and lying, but have any died standing?”
“Yes, some,” they replied.
“How about upside down?” asked Teng.
“No, never such a thing,” they said.
So Teng died standing on his head and his
clothes also rose up, close to his body.
It was decided to carry him to the burning
ground, but he still stood there without moving.
People from far and near gazed with
astonishment at the scene.
His younger sister, a nun, happened to be there.
She grumbled at him, “When you were alive you
took no notice of laws and customs; and even
now you’re dead you’re making a nuisance of
She then prodded her brother with her finger,
and he fell down with a bang. Then they went off
to the crematorium.
Both of them knew that there is no death. It is
said that when the brother fell down with a bang,
the sister just went back to her monastery.
If you take life easily, if you enjoy life, if your life
by and by becomes a fulfillment, the same will be
your death. What are we doing? We are not
enjoying life, we are only preparing to enjoy it –
and life is here and now...
Returning to the Source, ch. 10