A Sudden Clash of Thunder ~ 09
|date & time||19 Aug 1976 am|
|location||Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 18min. Quality: good.|
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- Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
- The sutra
- In the Tang dynasty there was a stout fellow who was called the Happy Chinaman, or the Laughing Buddha.
- This Hotei had no desire to call himself a Zen master, or to gather disciples around him. Instead he walked the streets with a sack on his back full of candy, fruit and doughnuts -- which he gave out to the children who gathered and played around him.
- Whenever he met a Zen devotee he would extend his hand and say: "Give me one penny." And if anyone asked him to return to the temple to teach others, again he would reply: "Give me one penny."
- Once when he was at his play-work another Zen master happened to along and inquired: "What is the significance of Zen?" Hotei immediately plopped his sack down on the ground in silent answer.
- "Then," asked the other, "what is the actualization of Zen?" At once the Happy Chinaman swung the sack over his shoulder and continued on his way.
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