In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha's precepts
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
A Zen master named Gisan asked a young student to bring him a pail of water to cool his bath.
Bassui wrote the following letter to one of his disciples who was about to die:
"The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die.
Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.
Buddha told a parable in sutra:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself
Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth.
When his time came to pass away he said to his faithful ones:
Sen no Rikyu, a tea-master, wished to hang a flower basket on a column.
Tanzan wrote sixty postal cards on the last day of his life, and asked an attendent to mail them. Then he passed away.
The cards read:
A merchant bearing fifty rolls of cotton goods on his shoulders stopped to rest from the heat of the day
beneath a shelter where a large stone Buddha was standing.