a monk asked master shin of chosa

where has master nansen gone after his death?

master shin answers

when  shitou  was still in the order of young novitiates he saw the sixth patriarch.

the monk replies

i didn't ask about the young novitiate. what i want to know is where nansen went after his death.

master shin replied

as to that question, it makes one think.

my reply  we disappeared


since master nansen died it is meaningless to speak of him as going anywhere after his death

the highlight of my religious life is being booted out of the zen monastery at mt. tremper in the catskills

a curse on me for having seen the sixth patriarch and knowing what it was all about


pinyin japanese zen name  conversion

eg shitou (pinyin) = sekito (japanese)