Shibayama roshi

Dharma teaching from Zenkei Shibayama roshi.

A Zen master said in his teisho [dharma-talk]: “Whenever it may be, wherever you may be, your mind is at peace, because there’s no mind outside your body; because there’s no body outside your mind. Since your body and mind have already dropped away, what is there to be pacified or not pacified? How wonderful is this mind that is always just at peace!”
Let me add my words here. It is said, “However wonderful a thing it may be, it is better not to have it at all!” A Zen man ought not to be easily self-satisfied.

Shibayama, Zenkei: The gateless barrier;
Zen comments on the Mumonkan. New York 1974, p. 290


Huang Bo

Huangbo said to the assembly, “You people are all slurpers of dregs. If you travel like this, where will you have today? Do you know that in all of China there are no teachers of Chan?”

At that point a monk came forward and said, “What about those who guide followers and lead groups in various places?”

Huangbo said, “I don’t say there’s no Chan, just that there are no teachers.”

Cleary, Thomas: The book of serenity.
Hudson 1990, p. 223.