15
Apr
10

Portraits of Thirty-three Swordsmen – 14 Si Ming Mountain Dhūta

No. 14 Si Ming Mountain Dhūta: the Daoist doesn’t want to learn, there’s nothing the Buddhist can do.

Xu Ji of Sichuan lived on Si Ming Mountain when he was young, while he was studying Yi Jing with Jin Zheng Jun.

One day, a couple came up the mountain, carrying a pot of wine with them, asking if they could stay for a night. Xu Ji asked where they came from, they said they just left Lishan County earlier in the day. Astonished, Xu Ji asked “That is quite far away, how could you get here in one day?” The couple did not reply. The couple is quite young, the woman is quite beautiful, but stern, saying very little.

That night, the couple took out that wine and invited Xu Ji for a drink. The man took out a clapping board covered with brass nails, and started clapping and singing. The songs were all about swordsmanship. After a while, he took out two objects from his sleeves. Pulling them apart, with a shout two shinny, sharp swords sprang into life. They danced over Xu Ji’s head, often clashing. They were bright as lightening, the sound loud and continuous. Extremely fearful, Xu Ji dare not move. After a while, the man put the swords back into case. After the wine was gone the couple retired to their room.

The next day when Xu Ji went to see them, the room was empty except for the bed. They were long gone.

Around noon time, a Dhūta came looking for the young couple. Xu Ji told them everything that had happened. The Dhūta said “I am a fellow traveler on the same path, will the daoist (Xu Ji was wearing Daoist clothing at the time) be willing to learn swordsmanship with me?” Xu Ji politely declined “I have studied Daoism since when I was little, I do not want to learn this.” The Dhūta smiled proudly, then asked Xu Ji some water to clean his feet. Shortly afterward he was gone.

Later Xu Ji ran into the Dhūta again in Huayin, only then he realized the Dhūta was also a xia.

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When Du Guangting was travelling from capitol Changan to Sichuan, he stayed at Zitong county’s governor’s mansion . Not long after he arrived, a monk showed up. As it turns out the county governor knew this monk. The monk said to the governor “I just came from Xingyuan”. The two places are very far apart, so Du was astonished. The next day the monk left. The county governor told Du “This monk knew ‘Lu Lu Qiao’ light body skill. He’s a swordsman.”

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The poet monk Qi Ji once met a monk in Wei Mountain (Hunan) under a pine tree. The monk pulled out two swords from under his fingernails, jumped up and flew away.

許寂

蜀許寂,少年栖四明山,學易于晉征君。

一日有夫婦同詣山居,攜一壺酒,云:“今日离剡縣。”寂曰:“道路甚遙,安得一日及此。”頗亦异之。然夫甚少,而婦容色過之,狀貌毅然而寡默。其夕,以壺觴命許同酌。此丈夫出一拍板,遍以銅釘釘之。乃抗聲高歌,悉是說劍之意,俄自臂間抽出兩物,展而喝之,即兩口劍。躍起,在寂頭上盤旋交擊,寂甚惊駭。尋而收匣之,飲畢就寢。迨曉,乃空榻也。

至日中,复有一頭陀僧來尋此夫婦。寂具道之。僧曰:“我亦其人也,道士能學之乎(時寂按道服也)?”寂辭曰:“少尚玄學,不愿為此。”其僧傲然而笑,乃取寂淨水拭腳。徘徊間不見。爾后再于華陰遇之,始知其俠也。

杜光庭自京入蜀,宿于梓潼廳。有一僧繼至,縣宰周某与之有舊,乃云:“今日自興元來。”杜异之。明發,僧遂前去。宰謂杜曰:“此僧仍鹿盧蹻,亦俠之類也。”

詩僧齊己于溈山松下,親遇一僧,于頭指甲下抽出兩口劍,跳躍凌空而去。

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