Nirvana The Last Nightmare ~ 01
|date & time||11 Feb 1976 am|
|location||Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 44min. Quality: good.|
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- 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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