Moonrise over a Brushwood Gate (1405)
Fujita Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

Staying For One Night

Above the hanging scroll of Moonrise over a Brushwood Gate,
eighteen Zen priests have written poems of a guest departing.
But the artist may be showing a meeting seven centuries ago
between the monk Yung-chia and the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng...

Master: Where do you come from?
Monk: From nowhere and now here.

After a short while, the monk bids good-bye.

Master: Are you not leaving too soon?
Monk: Mind does not move. How can you say I'm leaving too soon?

Master: Who is he who is aware of no-movement?
Monk: You, Master, are making this distinction.

Master: You have grasped well the meaning of no-birth.
Monk: How can no-birth have meaning?

Master: If it has no meaning, who can differentiate it?
Monk: Even though one may differentiate it, it's still meaningless.

Master: Good! Good! Please stay here for at least one night.

From that time on, people called Yung-chia's visit
    "Enlightenment from One Night's Lodging".

Tall bamboo sways in the wind,
through mist and vines by the river
a Zen Gate opens wide to empty mind
embracing a full moon master and monk.

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 3-7-2012