Do Kyo Yetang was the teacher of Hakuin Ekaku Zenji, who gave the koans the sound of one
clapping , does a dog have Buddha nature and what was your face before it was born.
A samurai came to him, who had been practicing for 20 years and mastered every
style. He was puzzled as to which he should teach so he came to Yetang to ask advice.
Yetang gives him three punches,
knocks him to the ground and kicks him.
And all of a sudden, the Samurai achieved satori.
Every intellectual function has to do with
the world outside.
Satori is that sudden insight.
Then three other samurai came and asked the same question, but Yetang says no, they weren’t ready.
So they get angry and start to argue.
He tells them to cut him,
but one gets up,
so again, he says no to all three.
They ask, where is your sword?
He says he needs no sword, but has a fan.
Try as they might, they couldn’t touch his arm.
Eventually one asked him why couldn’t they cut him?
-because he was the sword.
O’ Sensei Kim