Returning to the Source ~ 02

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event type discourse
date & time 12 Dec 1974 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SOURCE02
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Joshu was a master who started to study Zen when he was sixty. When he was eighty he found enlightenment. They say he taught for forty years after his enlightenment.
Once a student asked old Joshu: 'You teach that we should empty our minds. I have nothing in my mind -- now what should I do?'
'Throw it out,' said Joshu.
'But I have nothing -- how can I throw it out?'
Joshu said: 'If you can't throw it out, carry it out, drive it out, empty it out -- but don't stand there in front of me with nothing in your mind !'


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