Nirvana The Last Nightmare ~ 03

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event type discourse
date & time 13 Feb 1976 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle NIRVAN03
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Muso, the national teacher,
And one of the most illustrious masters of his day,
Left the capital in the company of a disciple
For a distant province.
On reaching the Tenryu river
They had to wait for an hour
Before they could board the ferry.
Just as the ferry was about to leave the shore
A drunken samurai ran up
And jumped into the packed boat,
Nearly swamping it.
He tottered wildly as the small craft
Made its way across the river.
The ferryman,
Fearing for the safety of his passengers,
Begged him to stand quietly.
'We're like sardines in here,'
Said the samurai gruffly.
Then, pointing to Muso,
'Why not toss out the bonzae?'
'Please be patient,' Muso said,
'We'll reach the other side soon.'
'What!' bawled the samurai, 'me be patient?
Listen here, if you don't jump off this thing
I swear I'll drown you.'
The master's calm so infuriated the samurai
That he struck Muso's head with his iron fan,
Drawing blood.
Muso's disciple had had enough by this time,
And as he was a powerful man,
Wanted to challenge the samurai.
'I can't permit him to go on living after this,' he said.
'Why get so worked up over a trifle?'
Muso said with a smile.
'It's exactly in matters of this kind
That the bonzae's training proves itself.
Patience, you must remember,
Is more than just a word.'
Then he recited an extempore waka:
'The beater and the beaten:
Mere players of a game
Ephemeral as a dream.'
When the boat reached shore,
And Muso and his disciple alighted,
The samurai ran up
And prostrated himself at the master's feet.
Then and there he became a disciple.


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