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Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-mind,
Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch. 8
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was asked by a monk, "What is the
meaning of Bodhidharma coming from the West?"
Ryuge said, "Wait till the stone turtle speaks
words of explanation and I will tell you."
The monk said, "The stone turtle has spoken!"
Ryuge said, "What did it say to you?"
The monk was silent.
One of Daibai's monks asked his master the same
question, to which Daibai replied, "His coming has
The monk brought this question up to Enkan, who
said, "Two dead men in one coffin."
Gensha, hearing of this, said, "Enkan is a clever
It does not happen anywhere: two dead men in
one coffin. He is saying by this statement that you
are putting two dead men in one coffin: you are
putting this significance, the tremendous beauty,
the grace, into one coffin with Bodhidharma. But
Bodhidharma is after all a coffin just as you are,
just as I am. Inside, there can be only one, not two.
Enkan's meaning is a little difficult to understand
but he is saying, "Don't put contradictory things
together. Mind and meaning? What has mind to do
with meaning? And what has Bodhidharma to do
with coming?" Even without Bodhidharma, dhyan
was going to blossom. It is just coincidental that
Bodhidharma was being used by existence to
bring the message...
Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-Mind,