died: 908 86 years
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), ...
Blue Cliff Record, Case 5, Xuefeng's Grain of Rice
Case 51, What is This?
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,
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
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?"
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
Yantou said, "Have you ever been to
The monks said, "Yes, we have been
Yantou said, "What did he say to
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
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...
This. This. A Thousand Times This: The
Very Essence of Zen, ch. 2
The Living Workshop
his original English talks, Osho
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Chinese names used in these stories, to a
large extent. In his books the names were
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