Sung-yuan (Shogen Sogaku) 1139-1209

Last Zen Master in the Mumon kan.

The priest Sung-yuan asked, "Why can't the person of greatest strength lift up a leg?"

Again he said, "It is not with the tongue that you speak."

Student of Mi-an and teacher of Yun-an P'u-yen and Wu-ming Hui-shing. Sung yuan put away the robe given to him by Mi-an when nobody could answer these questions. After his death Yun-an was declared his successor.

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