Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Short Zen Story

When he still was a young student of Zen, Yamaoka Tesshu (founder of Mu to Ryu school of Kenjutsu) once visited Dokuon of Shokoku.

Desiring to show his attainment, he said: "The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness.”

Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.

If nothing exists," said Dokuon, "where did this anger come from?"

Calligraphy by Yamaoka Tesshu, who became a Zen and Calligraphy master as well as a Kendo Master.
Its meaning is "Tiger" .