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February 08, 2009


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Really enjoying the blog Barry!

Curious if the source gives any clue to the meaning of "yellow-mouthed" - I would take it to mean cowardly speech in a sense, but not so sure if that is what it would mean in Chinese? Colours can have quite different semantics across cultures!



Hi Puerhan - The editors of Roaring Stream don't say anything about "yellow-mouthed." The meaning here doesn't quite seem to be cowardice. But it's clear an insult...

I Googled "yellow-mouth" and found a yellow mouth moray eel - quite a image of a Zen master!

Thanks for your comment!


"When the strangeness does not appear to be strange any more", I am impressed by the words he used. I am thankful for the practice, it gives us a chance to "see". Isn't it amazing how much the mind can fabricate!!! Amazing fabricating tool!!


Hi MyoChi - this amazing mind - with all its fabrications, with nothing but fabrication - is in fact Buddha. Thanks for visiting!

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About Zen Women

  • The role of women in the development of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism is poorly known. There have been imaginative attempts to construct a female lineage during the Tang Dynasty, but documentary records are quite limited. While reading through the case records over the past decade, I've noted stories involving female practitioners. This weblog compiles those stories in a single location.
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