|born: c. 760
died: c. 830
master: Mazu (J., Baso)
Chan disciples: none recorded as masters.
oshobob The Living Workshop
when Kingyu saw Rinzai coming to his
monastery, he sat in his room holding his stick
crosswise. Rinzai struck the stick three times
with his hand, then entered the monk's hall
and sat down in the first seat.
Kingyu came in, saw Rinzai, and said, "In an
encounter between host and guest, each
should observe the customary formalities.
Where are you from, and why are you so
"What are you talking about, old Osho?"
As Kingyu was about to open his mouth to
reply, Rinzai struck him. Kingyu pretended to
fall down. Rinzai hit him again. Kingyu said,
"Today things were not to my advantage."
That is not the response of one who has
understood. He is still thinking in terms of
advantage. He has not understood the
meaning of the behavior of Rinzai. He throws
the responsibility, like everybody else in the
world, on destiny, on kismet, on the lines of
the hand, on the birth chart – all kinds of
stupid excuses. "What can I do? Today things
were not to my advantage..."
Rinzai: Master of the Irrational, ch. 7