was student of Master Huairang (677-744), a senior disciple of the
Sixth Patriarch Huineng. Two of the five houses of Chinese Zen trace
their origin to the Sixth Patriarch through him.
Lian of Hongzhou province asked Master Mazu,
Should I drink wine and eat meat, or not?
Master Mazu said,
To consume wine and meat is your privilege. To not consume
them is your merit.
A Stanford University Lecture by Ven. Jian Hu [download
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