died: 949 85 years
masters: Xuefeng (J., Seppo), Muzhou (J.
Chan disciples: Dongshan Shouchu
(J. Tozan Shusho), ....
Blue Cliff Record: Case 86, Everybody has his
Own Light, ....
Wumenguan, Case 21, A Dry Shit Stick
Live Zen, ch. 10
Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, ch.
2, ch. 3, ch. 7, ch. 10, ch. 13
Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 1, ch. 4
The Miracle, ch. 8
Rinzai: Master of the Irrational, ch. 5
And the Flowers Showered, ch. 9
oshobob The Living Workshop
|Once, Yunmen exclaimed, "Buddhism is
terrific! The tongue is so short."
Then he added, "So long."
He then said, "When we have finished cutting with
a great ax, we rub our hands together."
It looks like a puzzle but it is not a puzzle. What he
is saying is:"Buddhism is just terrific!" – it is an
experience beyond words, beyond explanations,
beyond human capacities. Our tongues are so
short that they cannot utter the great experience.
Our words are so small that they cannot contain
the infinity, the eternity, the immortality of the
experience. And the experience is so long! Our
tongues are so short, our hands are so small, and
the moon is so far away...
Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 1
|Note: In his original
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.