‘Thirty Blows’


The Zen Master Deshan Xuanjian is remembered, among other things, for his teaching methods.

He would stride the Zendo with a big stick:

‘If you utter a word I give you thirty blows’, he would bellow, ‘and if you utter not a word, just the same, thirty blows!’


The original Mumonkan had sixty blows, if I recall. I’ll settle for thirty.

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