Yanyang Shanxin
Jap. Genyo Zenshin
born:  c. 850
died:  c. 920

place:  China
Chan master:  Zhaozhou (J., Joshu)
Chan disciples:

The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, ch. 25
aka: Yen Yang (old W.G.)
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                                                  Zen Masters
The venerable Yen Yang asked Chao Chou, "What
is it like when not bringing a single thing?"

Chou said, "Put it down."

Yen Yang said, "Since not a single thing is brought,
put what down?"

Chou said, "If you can't put it down, pick it up."

At these words, Yen Yang was greatly enlightened

I would like you to understand these small dialogues
which apparently mean nothing, but in a certain
circumstance, produced by other Zen methods, can
bring awakening. The dialogues are remembered
down the centuries; and the people on the path of
Zen enjoy them immensely. But for outsiders they
remain an anathema, because the context is never
told; in what reference the awakening happened is
never discussed.

Behind these small dialogues there is a long
discipline of meditation, understanding--maybe
years and years of work...

               The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, ch. 25