A Zen master named Gettan lived in the latter part of the Tokugawa era. He used to say: “There are three kinds of disciples: those who impart Zen to others, those who maintain the temples and shrines, and then there are the rice bags and the clothes-hangers.”
Gasan expressed the same idea. When he was studying under Tekisui, his teacher was very severe. Sometimes he even beat him. Other pupils would not stand this kind of teaching and quit. Gasan remained, saying: “A poor disciple utilizes a teacher’s influence. A fair disciple admires a teacher’s kindness. A good disciple grows strong under a teacher’s discipline.”
The spirit manifests as a young girl with Donkey Ears and a Tail, then winks and jumps out the window, into the sunlit courtyard. She then bows and jumps over the palace walls toward the Shibuya District, toward the old Olympic Stadium at Yoyogi Koen (Park).
The Path of a Thousand Whispers sensei Hungry Queen of Alabaster appears from the shadows, wrapped in white robes like a desert nomad. How did you not see her in the darkness?
“Heimin, you are to wait until the sun sets, then find that spirit. You must capture it and put it in a new mirror for the next fool to set free.
She visits Yoyogi Park and causes mischief, so be on your guard. You will be around mortals, so be on your best behavior. You will be in the territory of the Hengeyokai, so be mindful. You will be watched by the Kuei-Jin, so be worthy."
She then disappears into the shadows. It will be thirteen hours before dusk…