"American dog say, 'Woof, woof.' Korean dog say, 'Mung, mung.' Polish dog say, 'How, how.' So which dog barking is correct? That is human beings' barking, not 'dog' barking. If dog and you become one hundred percent one, then you know sound of barking. This is Zen teaching. Boom! Become one." - Seung Sahn
Saturday Zen Service, Jan 3: 10:00am - 11:45am.
Koan of the Week
Gateless Gate #12: "Ruiyan Calls Himself 'Master'"
Every day Master Ruiyan used to call to himself, "Master!" and would answer, "Yes!"
Again, he would call, "Thoroughly awake! Thoroughly awake!" and he would answer, "Yes! Yes!"
"Don't be deceived by others, any day or any time."
Old Ruiyan himself buys and sells. He has many puppet gods and devils witch he plays. But why? Look! One is calling. One is answering. One keeps awake. One is not deceived by others. But if you get stuck there, that's not it. If you were to imitate Ruiyan, it would be the understanding of a fox.
The reason those who learn the Way don't realize the truth
Is simply that they perceive the discriminating consciousness they've had all along.
It is the origin of endless life and death;
Fools take it for the essential self.
Ruiyan (b. 830?) was a 13th generation master on the Shitou side:
Shitou -> Tianhuang -> Longtan -> Deshan -> Yantou -> Ruiyan