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And it was his school that flourished most immedia­ tely after the death of the master, for he bravely erected the stand of "the sudden school" agamst the "gradual school" of Shen-hsiu. the rival of Hui-neng. In Preserved Writings of the Monk of Shen-hui. " Shen-hui was a native of Hsiang-yang of Hupeh pro­ vince, born of a Kao family in the year of 686 A. D. At the age of 14 years, he went to tender homage to the 6th Patri­ arch at Tsao-hsi. Due to his unreasonable argument, he was beaten several times by the Patriarch.

What work have you been doing? arch. asked the Patri­ "Even the Noble Truth taught by various Buddhas shall not have anything to do with," replied Hsin-ssll. " asked the Patri­ arch. " he retorted. His repartee commanded great respect of the Patri­ arch who made him the leader of the assembly. tin Chu Temple. " "You should go to find out Ssu (Means thinking)" said the Patriarch. ShihMt'ou thought that his master had asked to do medi­ tation and contemplation. Since the death of the master, Shih-t'ou used to sit alone absorbed in deep thinking.

1f you wish to know the essential points of my teaching, you should free youself from all thoughts, good ones as well as bad ones; your mind will then be in a state of purity, cahn and serene all the time, and its usefulness as mani­ fold as the grains of sand in the Ganges," One day, the 6th Patriarch told all his disciples that the :Qhyana School of Bodhidharma will spread itself all over the world. He asked all disciples to take note of the Stanza: "Buddha-seeds latent in our mind. Will sprout upon the coming oj the all-pervading rain.

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