Prelude to The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing


Louie Wing said, “Do you want to know what awakening to the vast, unnamable, fathomless void is? It is the certain realization that you are, always have been, and always will be the entire universe and everything in it.”
–From the collected Sayings and Doings of Louie Wing

The Second Ancestor of Zen in the West avoided fame and sought to remain in obscurity where he transmitted the lamp of wisdom to a small group of students. Nevertheless, a copy of his early commentary on the Genjokoan, the celebrated Zen Classic by Eihei Dogen, was widely distributed throughout the Western Zen world, alerting wise men to the presence of a modern sage.

When Louie Wing announced he would die before the end of the season, students and wise men gathered from everywhere seeking his final instructions. The assembly consisted of teachers and students, clergy and laymen, religious and secular. The small cabin where he lived and taught was not big enough to hold the gathering, so they assembled in a nearby meadow. Louie Wing mounted a small flatbed truck parked on the eastern edge of the field, and delivered these instructions.

~The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing