Shih-tou Hsi-chien (700-790) was a very well known Chinese Ch'an master. As a young monk, he was one of the disciples of the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng. After Hui-neng passed away, Shih-tou continued his pilgrimage...
He paid a vist...
EYES ARE FILLED WITH BLUE MOUNTAINS
One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters, has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked: -What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i? Fa-yen repied: -It's one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i. The monk was dumbfound and withdrewn. At the time, Te-shao, who was also in the assembly, was suddenly greatly awakened when heard those words. He then presented Fa-yen the following verse:
"The summit of the peak of the mystic passover Is not the human world; Outside the mind, there are no things- The eyes are filled with blue mountains."
Fa-yen gave him his seal and approval, and said: "This one verse alone can sustain my school. In the future, kings will honor you. I am not equal to you."
Later, Te-shao appeared in the world as one of Fa-yen's successors, and was made as a National Teacher by a king who had been a prince-student of Te-shao.
......... Tsao-ch'i: referred where the Sith Patriarch Hui-neng resided, here meant Hui-neng's Ch'an.
Purchase posters, art prints, media (music CD & DVD)