Nirvana The Last Nightmare ~ 01

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event type discourse
date & time 11 Feb 1976 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle NIRVAN01
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Date-jitoku, a fine waka poet,
Wanted to master Zen.
With this in mind
He made an appointment
To see Ekkei,
Abbot of Shokokuji in Kyoto.
Jitoku went to the master full of hopes,
But as soon as he entered the room
He received a whack.
He was astonished and mortified:
No one had ever dared to strike him before,
But as it is a strict Zen rule
Never to say or do anything
Unless asked by the master,
He withdrew silently.
He went at once to Kokuon,
Who was to succeed Ekkei as abbot
And told him that he planned
To challenge Ekkei to a duel.
'Can't you see
That the master was being kind to you?'
Said Dokuon. 'Exert yourself in zazen
And you will see for yourself
What his treatment of you means.'
For three days and nights
Jitoku engaged in desperate contemplation,
Then, suddenly, he experienced an ecstatic awakening.
This satori was approved by Ekkei.
Jitoku called on Dokuon
And thanked him for his advice, saying:
'If it hadn't been for your wisdom
I would not have had such a transfiguring experience.
And as for the master,
His blow was far from hard enough.'


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