Touzi Datong
Japanese pronunciation: Tosu Daido
Mt. Touzi (Dice Mt.)    Great Sameness
born:  819
died:  914   95 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Cuiwei (J. Suibi)
Chan disciples:
Touzi Datong orignally came from what is now
southern Anhui Province, eventually settling on Mt.
Touzi and teaching there for over 30 years.

Blue Cliff Record, Case 41, Zhaozhou and the
Great Death

Live Zen, ch. 13, The Great Death

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch.

Joshu: The Lion's Roar, ch. 7

Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 3, ch. 5
       oshobob  The Living Workshop                                           
                                                   Zen Masters
Zhaozhou asked Touzi, “What if a man of the
great death comes back to life again?”

Touzi said, “You should not go by night; wait for
the light of day and come.”

Xuedou comments:

    Open-eyed, he was all the more as if dead;
    What use to test the master with
    something taboo?
    Even the Buddha said he had not reached
    Who knows when to throw ashes in
    another’s eyes?

Slowly, slowly you will be getting the taste of the
language of Zen. Rather than saying, “You
should not die unconsciously,” he says, You
should not go by night – don’t go in darkness,
don’t go blind – wait for the light of day…. Wait
for consciousness, wait for witnessing. Wait for
meditation to grow in you and then you can

                                         Live Zen, ch. 13
Chinese simplified:  抖子大同
Note:  In his original English talks,
Osho used the Japanese
pronunciations of the Chinese names
used in these stories, to a large extent.
In his books the names were
romanized using Japanese
romaji. In
the instances where Osho used the
original Chinese names, they were
romanized in the books using the old
Wade-Giles system, now seen very
infrequently in world wide usage.

The stories shown on this website will
attempt to revert to the more accurate
original Chinese identification, using
modern Chinese
pinyin romanization, if
the people and places are Chinese. If
they are Japanese, then Japanese
romaji will be retained.