Xuansha Shibei
Jap., Gensha Shibi
born:  835
died:  908   73 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Xuefeng (J., Seppo)
Chan disciples:  Luohan (J., Rakan), ...

Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind,
ch. 4

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

Dogen: The Zen Master, ch. 8

And the Flowers Showered, ch. 9
aka: Hsuan Sha (old Wade-Giles romanization)
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One day while Gensha was thinking, he heard
the voice of a swallow and said, "How well it has
explained the Buddhist Truth, speaking
profoundly of the Real Nature of Things!"
And he came down from his seat.

Later, a monk, wanting to get some profit from
Gensha's words, said to Gensha, "I didn't
understand what you meant."

Gensha retorted, "Be off with you! How can
anyone trust you!"

I would like to say only one thing to Gensha:
truth is not Buddhist. Truth makes one a buddha
– it will make a Mohammedan a buddha, a Hindu
a buddha, a Christian a buddha, a Parsi a
buddha. It does not matter who becomes awake
– the word `buddha' simply means `the
awakened one'. Truth is not Buddhist; neither is
it Mohammedan, nor Hindu, nor Christian. Truth
is simply your awareness.

But he is saying something beautiful. Drop the
word 'Buddhist' – "How well the swallow has said
the truth, speaking profoundly of the real nature
of things...!"

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch.
Chinese simplified:  玄沙师备