|born: c. 840
died: c. 910
master: Linji (J., Rinzai)
Chan disciples: none recorded as masters
oshobob The Living Workshop
another time, Hoju, a disciple of Rinzai, said to
Tanku, a fellow disciple, "When a man comes to
you who has not put away the Second and Third
Roots, how do you receive him?"
Tanku responded, "You have, in bringing up this
question, already made a mistake."
Hoju replied, "You also have not avoided error."
Tanku continued, "Be my friend!"
Hoju added, his hand by his side, "You old
This is a greeting in Zen. "You have robbed my
Yakusan: Straight to the Point of