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Dang Dang Doko Dang, ch. 1
Zen disciples: not known
master Fugai was considered very wise and
generous, yet he was most severe both with
himself and his disciples.
He went to the mountains to sit in Zen. He lived in
a cave, and when he was hungry he went to the
village for scraps.
One day a monk called Bundo, attracted by
Fugai's austerities, called at the cave and asked
to stay the night.
The master seemed happy to put him up, and next
morning prepared rice gruel for him. Not having
an extra bowl he went out and returned with a
skull he found lying near a tomb. He filled it with
gruel and of offered it to Bundo.
The guest refused to touch it, and stared at Fugai
as if he had gone mad.
At this Fugai became furious and drove him out of
the cave with blows. 'Fool!' he shouted after him.
'How can you, with your worldly notions of filth
and purity, think yourself a Buddhist?'
Some months later the master Tetsugyu visited him
and told him that he thought it a great pity that he
had forsaken the world. Fugai laughed loudly and
said, 'Oh, it's easy enough to forsake the world
and become a bonzai, the difficult thing is then to
become a true Buddhist.'
Truth is one, but it can be approached in many
ways. Truth is one, but it can be expressed in
Two ways are very essential; all the ways can be
divided into two categories. It will be good to
understand that basic polarity.
Either you approach truth through the mind or you
approach truth through the heart. So there are
two types of religions in the world -- both true, both
meaningful, but both opposite to each other -- the
religion of the mind and the religion of the heart...
Dang, Dang, Doko, Dang, ch. 1
added and name corrected
from Oshobob's "Tetsgyu". Basically he got the name from Osho's story
but did not research it further. Tetsugyu is an historical Zen figure
(and "Tetsgyu" not), and a (senior) contemporary of an historical
Fugai. The Fugai that Oshobob cites (re this
same Dang Dang Doko Dang story but there without the part about
"Tetsgyu") was a different Fugai, so that has
also been changed..]