died: c. 940
"grandfather": Yangshan (J. Kyozan)
Chan master: Xita (J., Saito)
Chan disciples: 4 recorded as masters.
oshobob The Living Workshop
came to see Shifuku. Shifuku drew a
circle in the air.
Chinso said, “I have no object in coming here.
Why do you bother to draw a circle?”
Shifuku closed the door of his room.
Bright and abundant the encircling jade,
Loaded on horses and mules,
Loaded on board the iron boats,
Given to those who know
The peace and freedom of land and sea.
He put down the tackle to fish the turtle.
It is not unwelcoming. He is saying, “If there is
no object in coming, if there is nothing to say,
nothing to listen to, I am not interested in
playing. I have left those childhood toys far
His closing the door is simply mystifying. He is
not a man without compassion and he is not a
man who has no respect for others – but he has
to close the door. In his clarity perhaps Chinso
has had some glimpses, but he is still not fully
awakened. This closing of the door may help...
Live Zen, ch. 6