CASE 49: Tôzan and the Memorial Service


When Tôzan held a memorial service for Ungan before his portrait, he mentioned the episode with the portrait.


A monk came forward and asked, “When Ungan said, ‘Just this!’ what did that mean?”


Tôzan said, “At that time, I almost misunderstood my master’s meaning.”


The monk said, “I wonder whether or not Ungan really knew that IT is.”


Tôzan said, “If he did not know that it is, how could he say like that? If he knew that it is, how did he dare say like that?”