After Kakua visited the emperor he disappeared and no one knew what became of
He was the first Japanese to study Zen in China, but since he showed
nothing of it, save one note, he is not remembered for having brought Zen into
Kakua visited China and accepted the true teaching. He did not travel while he
was there. Meditating constantly, he lived on a remote part of a mountain.
Whenever people found him and asked him to preach he would say a few words and
then move to another part of the mountain where he could be found less easily.
The emperor heard about Kakua when he returned to Japan and asked him to preach
Zen for his edification and that of his subjects.
Kakua stood before the emperor in silence. He then produced a flute from the
folds of his robe, and blew one short note. Bowing politely, he disappeared.