Thursday, 14 January 2016

Caoshan Benji [W-G: Ts’ao-shan Pen-chi / J: Sozan Honjaku]



                Caoshan Benji studied with Dongshan Liangjie until his own awakening was deep enough for him to go off on his on.  As he prepared to leave the monastery, Dongshan came to see him and asked, “Where will you go?”
                “I’m not going anywhere different,” Benji told him.
                “If you’re not going to anywhere different, how can there be ‘going’?”
                “I’m going, but not to anywhere different.”

[Caoshan Benji – Zen Masters of China: 134-37]

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