Xuefeng Yicun
Japanese pronunciation: Seppo Gison
Mt. Xuefeng (Snow Peak)    Righteous Existence
born:  822
died:  908     86 years

place:  China
Chan master:  Deshan (J. Tokusan)
Chan disciples:  Yunmen (J. Ummon), Changqing (J.
Chokei),
Gushan, Cuiyan Lingcan (J. Suigan Reisan),
Jingqing (J. Kyosei), Xuansha (J. Gensha), Taiyuan,
Baofu
(J. Hofuku), ...
stories:

Blue Cliff Record, Case 5, Xuefeng's Grain of Rice
                   Case 51, What is This?

Osho
Live Zen, ch. 12,

This, This, A Thousand Times This: The Very
Essence of Zen, ch. 2,  ch. 12

One Seed Makes the Whole Earth Green, ch. 2,
ch. 3

Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch.
5, ch. 8, ch. 11

And the Flowers Showered, ch. 9

The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, ch. 5, ch. 32
Xuefeng is a very well known Zen master, who built his
temple on
Xianggu, Elephant Bone Mountain, located
near modern Fuzhou, Fujian, China. The temple still
exists today. His mountain name of
Xuefeng (Snow Peak)
is a smaller area of that mountain range where he
resided and taught.
aka:  Hsueh Feng (old W.G.)

    When Xuefeng was living in his
    hermitage, two monks came to pay
    their respects. As Xuefeng saw them
    coming he pushed open the gate and,
    presenting himself before them, said,
    "What is this?"

    The monks also said, "What is this?"

    Xuefeng lowered his head and
    returned to his cottage.


    Later, the monks came to Yantou,
    who said, "Where are you from?"

    The monks answered, "We have come
    from south of the Lingnan
    mountains."

    Yantou said, "Have you ever been to
    see Xuefeng?"

    The monks said, "Yes, we have been
    to him."

    Yantou said, "What did he say to
    you?"

    The monks related the whole story.
    Yantou said, "Alas! I regret that I did
    not tell him the last word when I was
    with him. If I had done so, no one in
    the whole world could have
    pretended to outdo him."


    At the end of the summer session, the
    monks repeated the story and asked
    Yantou for his instruction.
    Yantou said, "Why didn't you ask
    earlier?"

    The monks said, "We have had a hard
    time struggling with this topic."

    Yantou said, "Xuefeng came to life in
    the same way that I did, but he does
    not die in the same way that I do. If
    you want to know the last word, I'll
    tell you simply – This! This!"


    Maneesha, I am immensely grateful that you
    have reminded me of Xuefeng. I have
    always wanted to bring Xuefeng to you
    because he is one of the most precious
    buddhas who has walked on the earth.

    He was unique in his own way; in his
    teaching, words were not important but only
    thisness, the utter silence of existence. The
    chattering of the birds are the only holy
    scriptures in the world. And the
    commentaries of the bamboos are really
    honest, sincere and to the point...

                                                  --Osho
    This. This. A Thousand Times This: The
    Very Essence of Zen, ch. 2
      oshobob  The Living Workshop                                
                                              Zen Masters
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.
Chinese simplified: 雪峰义存