The Recorded Sayings Of Joshu, number 109

The case:

The master entered the hall. After sitting quietly for a while,he said “Is everyone here, or not?”

Someone said, “Everyone is here”

The master said, “I’m waiting for one more to come, then I’ll speak”

A monk said, “You are waiting for a person who does not come”

The master said, “it’s a person that’s really hard to find”


Is a person who does not come, and who does not leave, always with us, or not?

In Zazenshin, Master Dogen says ” in non-thinking, there is someone, and that someone is maintaining and relying upon me”

Is this “someone” the same as Joshu’s “person”, or not?

Is it absurd to call this “person” Faith Mind, or not?