Transmission of the Lamp

Hui Neng (慧能 Enō)

One night, whilst Enō was hard at work in the rice shed at Ōbai, Daiman Kōnin entered and asked, "Is the rice indeed white?" Enō replied, "It is white but it has not yet been winnowed." Damian struck Enō's rice-pounding mortar thrice with his staff; Enō shook the rice in the winnowing fan three times… Continue reading Hui Neng (慧能 Enō)

Transmission of the Lamp

Hung-ren (弘忍 Kánin)

When Kánin encountered Dáshin on the road to Übai, Dáshin asked him, “What is your clan name?” Kánin said, “I have a NATURE but I do not have a conventional clan name.” Dáshin asked, “And what is IT?” Kánin replied, “It is the BUDDHA NATURE.” Dáshin queried, “So you have no clan name?” Kánin answered, “Because ORIGINAL NATURE is empty, I… Continue reading Hung-ren (弘忍 Kánin)

Transmission of the Lamp

Tao-hsin (道信 Dáshin)

Bowing before Great Master Kanchi, Dáshin said, “Please, Reverend Monk, I beg you, from your compassion, to impart to me the Dharma Gate of liberation.” Kanchi said, “Who is preventing you from entering?” Dáshin answered, “No one is preventing me.” Kanchi said, “Then why do you seek liberation from me?” At these words Dáshin experienced… Continue reading Tao-hsin (道信 Dáshin)

Transmission of the Lamp

Bodhidharma (达摩)

One day Hannyatara asked Bodaidaruma (Bodhidharma), “Amongst all things, which is without any characteristics?” Bodaidaruma replied, “The NON-ARISING is without characteristics.” Hannyatara asked, “Amongst all things, which is the greatest?” Bodaidaruma answered, “The DHARMA-NATURE is the greatest.” Listen (part I) Listen (part II) Bodaidaruma was of the warrior caste. Originally his name was Bodaitara; he… Continue reading Bodhidharma (达摩)