The Good Friendship of Shitou, Matsu and Yaoshan

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i mentioned this morning that down there is a proposal
which i am betting on that buddhas are present in this in our life now
someone who heard that said are you saying that there's some external some buddha external to us as president our life not say that
the boys that are present or not external
to our life
they're also not internal to our life
they are they are are are actual life is buddha
that's mean by buddha is a reality of life and it's not external
and that the suggestion that good friendship is the context of the life the true life
of peace and freedom
goes with another teaching which people i have heard from the buddha which is be a light unto yourself
that statement is
statement and they think it means
you know you don't need a teacher
the boy didn't want to to you don't need a teacher
the buddhist said
independence on a good friendship and in particular and on me
among your good friends you will be able to practice away
and the buddha head teachers not in this particular life for his a buddha but in many previous lifetimes he had teacher he said
and many other students
he is to practice with him when he is packed with other teachers but anyway but it did not say don't need a teacher and some of the places are not even gone internet and see this this phrase how about them
about to be alive and yourself the and some of the places they they think it means ah to
not have you don't need a teacher to practice the board away but other ones a point i think rightly that be a land yourself can be interpreted as do not go for an external rep external your refuge do not go for the triple treasure as something
i knew that
the go for refuge in buddha but not as an external thing
there is some distinction between me and buddha
our between a living being in a buddha or between a bodhisattva buddha body surface
have a long career of honoring good friends of honoring the buddha's but they do not abide in the difference
but the expression be allowed yourself is and of ah pronounce it right but it's paul deepa bava
that's some a ppo and then this is a romanization the e p a b h a v h a bot deeper bother be light to yourself
and it sounds may be like in contradiction to we we proceed on the path by spirit of friendship
he's just like actually i think a guiding principle
in our in our practice together
are we going to ask a question yes yeah

louder please
we're talking about
oh yeah right

yeah so suzuki roshi or
like i said he hired up a tutor for me in japanese and he told me the names of couple of teachers he wanted me to study with in japan that and
and an opponent after i'd been studying for quite a while he said ah i wanted to go to japan and like thinking she said it in kind of funny way she said like in not more than a month
or something like daughter he insane less than a month so did not and not more than a month so i said okay and i went over to the japan consulate
and down
you know went in there and got some forms to fill out for like sponsors psych estate longer than just a tourist visa and i brought back the the papers you know and and i said i shall i got these papers from month
japan conference he said he took us so what is it has place and okay
and then he just took papers and walked away
and that was the end of everything the that
so i got the impression like a in our i
and i went i went
got i i bit too quickly at the bait or whatever at the offer so
then i when people offered me things i would i usually have you say okay i see and i wait for them to give it to me before i reach for not always been a generally speaking
so that's that's what happened without it in high
who are the teachers are one way his name was annoyed roshi
and so suzuki where she studied with her
his main his his his first teacher he grew up with it became is done the successor but after his teacher his first teacher died he studied with a noted zen teacher and casey's our aeon
and the three senior disciples of cases are eon where suzuki roshi ha noi de rossi and numb
no on
newport news
new r rempel roshi who was abbott of a hazy later new roshi actually performed his a garage his funeral in san francisco
so those three whether name students of kisses are a on soft sinecure she wanted me to go to japan study with
actually his younger down the brother
and that new irish are neuer hiroshi
it was
sort of took over cases are aeons temple
hand up
and that's prison one people cisco if you want to go steady with
had one time i was in japan and busy zucker she's son have just a diet and i asked about america couldn't could i go visit him
and secretly son looks scared at the prospect
he said him he sort of said like if you call if you call know know erosion a telephone you call and say hello and has no answer on the other end
kind of awesome
awesome teacher anyway that was the name than the other ones com a tiny roshi who was a disciple
when the main disciples of them
what's his name man
hashimoto aiko roshi
those are the two people sicker she mentioned
i did not study with either one of them
and i was very happy and that i didn't do know why because then i got to be at the time to the she was talking about that
i didn't know he wasn't going to be around much longer so
i'm i'm happy that i was with him at the glass period of his life not in japan
whether any other questions dangling in the sanga contrary
hey so i thought it might continue the story of nakasone again when we last saw yakisoba again
he was with
who is he with
he was with my he was still at my some photo i sent him to march through the great master mark he was still was master maher after the awakening so again
what these glasses are broken in a way
so ah
and then you know like i said the shooter said them
when i was at your toes place i was like a mosquito trying to mount an iron bowl and mods who says since you are thus
uphold and care for this well
and then ja schon served matsu has attendant for three years
the one day masood asked him
what have you seen lately and ja schon said shedding the skin completely
leaving only the true body
marcy said
your attainment can be said to be in accord
the mind spreading
through it's forelimbs
since you're like this you should gird your loins
and go traveling to other mountains
and ja schon said
so yeah may maybe thought he was saying you should go and
to some mountain and be available to start a community and the schon said i'm not
who am i to speak of being the head of his and mountain and motto said that's not what i mean
he says those who haven't gone on
a long pilgrimage can't
reside as an abbott
so he's actually telling him to go
study with another teacher to go on pilgrimage
and he said
there's no advantage and seeking advantage nothing is accomplished by seeking something
he should go on a journey
and not remain in this place so yeah schon left my soup and went back to shirt off
gay so
he awakens desert
mind of know abode
he's enlightened it about the might have nobody
and somebody told me that mona and in sanskrit means silence
the mind of know about is silent
doesn't abide in silence doesn't abide in sound it is silence
so having realized this now he goes back to kyoto and at one point he's sitting
certo comes to him and say what are you doing here
and he said i'm not doing anything at all
and ja schon said what then are you ideally sitting
and ja schon said if i were either sitting
i would be doing something
he's maturing
in short dose as you say you're not doing anything at all
what is this not doing anything at all
and shirt i said i mean ja schon said even the ten thousand sages don't know
and then ah un certo says
we've been living together not for a long time
just going along according with conditions
practicing like this
since ancient times
the sun that the ten thousand sages don't know who he is
how could hasty
impatient people nine
and then shirt i said
words do not encroach upon it and ja schon said no words
do not encroach upon it
sure oh said here
i can't stick a needle into it
the i said here it's like i'm growing flowers on a bare rock
sure to agree
here's a zen version of
the pilgrimage of the bodhisattva
the working with good friends
and here with i see as a person who had deep faith in the mahayana
listen to the teachings
and went to the teachers
and did the practice and he matured and matured and finally he was able to enter listed
and then
he becomes a teacher of the next generation

and in his case the next generation is
i'm a monk named your name
and here i kind of a similar paradigm occurs
so you have
sure and matsu
working with ja schon sure to working with him sending them over the matsu back from matsuda short term and then he becomes now the successor one of the successors of chateau the other one i'll talk to him by later his name is
can one dow
and then there's an the next generation virginian he stopped he starts over on the other side with the disciple of monsoon say i'm not so
he hasn't number of great disciples wanted his disciples his name bhaijaan why high so yeah union start with bhaijaan why i started over the mud says side and he stays around this site
and he studies with
with the other side so the of the six ancestor so sure to aside
mozzie said this monk union starts over an image suicide studying with nazis disciple
by john and he's attended and they say he was as attendant
for twenty years
so apparently started when he was fourteen
and he was as attendant until by young died
he didn't mature enough
he's he was working with his good friend but still in twenty years of study from fourteen to thirty four i guess he still wasn't right you still wasn't mature
and we and when we we hear that he understood that and so he went from bhaijaan after by jean guy he went over to the ocean
and he and ja schon happy to meet him coming from the other side of the
family and they're working together
and am
and saute the story about how union matures under yashwant a as you have been shown matured under sure matsu and chateaux now i will tell you later story of how your again matured under by john
hunt how i matured under
ja schon and one of the ways the maturing on the ocean and ja schon asked him about his practice
with john
sorry he didn't ya
when he was with by young he didn't mature enough but yeah yeah yeah by zhang was giving him teachings
now he brings those teachings with him and next teacher goes over the teachings with them and as he goes over the teachers with them he matures more
so your next time sure to do this time
it's gonna get you wait
and he had enough to eat her
okay i don't know

yeah when you when you're when you're able to physically and mentally
enter the teaching and act from the teaching so when he would
it was pretty young guy fourteen years old so the first twenty years he couldn't he couldn't really i enter the kitchen kitchen couldn't fully under him but still his good student so he goes to see the other major teacher available that he knows about the archons and ja schon very interested
in about
this other teachers like as he wants to know how their teacher teaches so happy to receive teachers from from the other side

so we have these we have these wonderful bodhisattvas and we have stories about them when they were immature
when we haven't covered over the the the careers of our ancestors the parts was a didn't seem to understand so here's a major figure in the history of zen who study for twenty years with a great teacher and the great teacher and he were not able to
bring about his
full understanding but he did study for twenty years with
and then he didn't stop then he goes over to our shop
so again as i said ja schon i'm his union his full name is union com shown
ah it and his way name was wrong he left home at a young age like i just told you around parent fourteen and went to live ah at sheer may mountain he studied and a bhaijaan weihai for twenty years but did not meet
the source
after by john died he went to study with ja schon
ja schon said to him where he come from
would you say
yeah i came from bhaijaan by jogs and name of the teacher is also name a name of the place it means it means the thousand feet high
that's the name of the monastery by young and it's also name of the teacher
and so yasha and says to union what did by john teach to his disciples
and union said he often said
i have a saying
which is quotes
the hundred tastes are complete that's what by young taught his students one of them paying your name
get that i have
a taste on the hundred tastes are complete the hundred tastes are complete i have a kitchen the hundred tastes are complete
don't ask me what that means
but yeah shaun asked union
sometimes salty taste salty sometimes bland taste bland
what is neither salty nor bland is the normal state
what is immense by the phrase one hundred tastes are complete
union couldn't answer
ja schon said
what did by gangs say about life and death before our eyes
the union said he said that there was no life and death before our eyes
i shan't said
how long were you by johns place
and union said twenty years and ja schon said he spent twenty years with by john but you still haven't rid yourself of your immature ways
one day union was serving ja schon has attended
the asha and syndrome what else did by jiang have to say
union said once he said
go beyond three phrases and enlightenment gone
but when the six phrases
but within six praises there's comprehension
union said he said he said once go beyond three phrases and enlightenment gone within six phrases there's comprehension and ja schon said
three thousand miles distanced the joy can be felt danielle ship than yacht
then ja schon said what else it by said
communion said once by john entered the hall to address the monks everyone was standing
then he took his staff and started swinging at everybody to drive them out of the hall
when amongst which the door he yelled to the monks
and they look back at him and he said what is it
yasha said
why didn't you tell me this before

today thanks to you i finally see held your brother
by john why hi
and ah
here and had finally understood his teacher both of them at same time
so this is his process of maturity to see how
you know he really didn't understand a bit for years and years it understand the teachers kept working with an kept working with finally tells the teacher about his other teachers teaching the other teacher understands his teacher and he joins the teachers the great teachers understanding of his teacher
i often think of this story it's like sherlock holmes and dr watson do not sherlock holmes
so dr watson says various things and show comes as his insights oh my god
and dr watson doesn't know what he said
so this is it
union comes from by jan
and tells her ja schon about bhaijaan and bhaijaan understands when he's conveyed and then when by john understands he understands without in this case having to explain what he understood this is all i get it
and then he got it he got what he had seen many times you know
now that the yeah it's got all these teachings they all came to
this is how the our friends help each other
in this case there's other ways
and by the when we we will be able to see also the way other students are bhaijaan deal with that same teaching
the swinging the stick but some of his other students did the same practice with there's some of the successor to the same thing with there's such as so the driving people out of the hall and and say what is it gets transmitted but not through your new through other people who understood it at the time
so now we have union the next and then ah
and then we have the next generation as pyjama is why don't shine and then across next to
ja schon is ten one darwin who leads to
long time
zong shin who leads to on who leads to the to to to the scores of then he has to he he he lived to with a grip other grapes and masters in china
so i will continue next time with these stories filling in these stories of friendship and you can start to see how the family works with different people in different ways and hearts can have all the same family style of bringing people to maturity and wisdom
by guiding for this place
have no abode
and yet any things you like to say at this time it's getting close to our causing time but i i welcome any comments
yes sir
if i understood in the source directly out of the lies that were chased out of
home if i were enlightened

but it was in the telling the story later
the realization occurred
it's not the none of them were enlightened but our hero was not enlightened our pilgrim he didn't get it
it may be that there was somebody else in the congregation whose name is wong mau he was there too
and one bow
may have understood
because one bow then transmitted that same practice to his students
the world drake's lepers
will slap as it tricks and so by john has a student union who was there that day and didn't understand but then he went to study with ja schon and with the our shown he understood
but on that same occasion his elder brother one ball was there and he may have understood
unions elder brother so yeah shaun has bhaijaan has as union as a student but he also has one ball
and question
it is too great students and one ball was tipped may have been there and he may have understood because than when he became a teacher he went into the hall
with him when all the monks were assembled he took his stick and when running after the monks and when they got to the door he said what is it and nobody could answer and then he said
if you're like this how will you have today
you're all drugs lurkers
the was you're all living in the past
you do like if you can't be in the present with me
it's not that easy to be in the present somebody's big guys chasing you with a big stick swinging at you
if you know how could you be elsewhere
it is a big one
and i said
don't you know that are all of china there's no teachers of then
so here it was the big guy with the big stick chasing the people
and and they freeze when he says you know
when he says what is he said don't you know there's no teachers of the unknown why don't you know there's no external good friend
don't you good friends don't you know that the teachers not external to you that me here swinging the stick to you i'm not external to you don't you understand that vital the monasteries yeah what about our massive
what about all the zen monasteries i didn't say there's no zen i just said there's no external teacher
see an to guide them this is guide them to the place of no abode
there's no teachers are then and realizing there's no teachers of zen as and realizes no external teacher
our internal teacher and that is that right there
and we're trying to help each other find that place
we have to have good friends to help us realize that the good friends are not external
we are to be good friends to realize that good friends are not external
what truly happy
we're trying to be good friends

may our intention he really expand to every the and plays with to married or as way beings are number
a lot to save them
the inexhaustible hi to and them
the is are liz hi to enter them
as way is unsurpassable i can become in
this is kind of a minnesota joke
this is that this is what is this
no this is john john f kennedy thanks for coming
thanks for time
one of my friends very dear guy his name is john crook
he's he's one of the disciples of
shenyang that the chinese teacher teaches taught in new york and on anyway
ah i met john kruk in england and came to visit us at gringotts couple of times and one of times i went back to england i visited him and he told me that ah
he paid his grand grandsons to sit mentation
he paid him fifty p for each fifteen minutes
i'm paying you
the practice of bodies are