Tuesday Evening, April 23, 1968
A monk asked Hyakujō: “Is there some special things happen—happened in this temple?”
Hyakujō said: “I have been sitting on this mountain.”
And monk respectfully bowed to Hyakujō.
Hyakujō then give him a big slap.
This morning I talked about Nansen’s “Everyday Mind Is Dao.” And this evening I am talking about something special. If you understand what is something—something special and what is something common, please come and discuss with me on this point.
Student A: Chūchū issen seki. What is the meaning of this in everyday life?
Suzuki-rōshi: Kūchū issen seki? Something special or something common. If you hand up those idea, those are nothing but a stone hand up [thrown up?] in the air. Do you understand it? What is the practice without being hanged [?] by itself [?]?
Student A: Thank you very much.
Suzuki-rōshi: Without answer is the best answer.