MODEL SUBJECT NO. 40
FROM THE HEKIGAN ROKU
(BLUE CLIFF RECORDS):
RIKKO’S “HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE THE SAME ESSENCE”
Rikko is said to have lived from 764-834. He was a high official of the Tang government in china. He was a disciple of Nansen Fugan. His writings and biography are in Koji-buntoruko. There were many famous lay Zen Buddhists during the Tang Dynasty. The most famous of these lay Buddhists are:
Ho-Koji (Ho-un)–see Model Subject No. 42
Kak Rakten (Hak-Kyoi)–the most famous writer and poet of the Tang Dynasty.
Haikyu–Highest public official of the time. His teacher was Obaku (Huang Po).
Haykyu–Compiler of Obaku’s Denshin Hoyo (a collection of sermons and dialogues).
Riko–a high official and the scholar-author of Fukuseisho
Sai Gun–a high official and scholar
Chinso–see Model Subject No. 33