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Ch: Xiangyan Jizhu. Also read Kougan gekichiku. A painting subject of the Tang dynasty Zen T (Ch: Chan) priest Chikan's q (Ch: Zhixian) sudden enlightenment upon hearing the sound of bamboo being struck. Chikan, sometimes called Kyougen (Ch: Xiangyan) after the name of the temple where he lived, was a disciple of the priest Izan R (Ch: Weishan) at the Kyougenji ގ (Ch: Xiangyansi) in Dengzhou B, modern day Henan ͓. Izan, although recognizing Chikan's potential, was unable to help him achieve enlightenment. One day, according to the MUMONKAN (Ch: Wumenguan, 1229), while visiting the ruined temple of the earlier patriarch Echuu d (Ch: Huizhong) in Nanyang z, Chikan took up a straw broom and began to clear away debris near a bamboo grove. Suddenly he heard the sound of something (his own broom by some accounts) striking a stalk of bamboo and instantly attained enlightenment. Kanou Motonobu 쌳M depicted the subject in one painting from his set of Zen patriarchs, Zenshuu soshizou T@ct at Daitokuji Daisen-in 哿@, now Tokyo National Museum.
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