Returning to the Source ~ 03

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event type discourse
date & time 13 Dec 1974 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SOURCE03
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Nansen, the famous Chinese Zen master, was in the woods one day, near the temple, cutting down trees with a huge axe.
A monk who had come from a distance to pay homage to the master, passed through the woods and came close to the woodcutter. 'Is the abbot of nansen at home?' he asked the woodcutter.
The woodcutter replied to the monk: I bought this axe for two pieces of copper. And lifting the axe above the astonished monk's head he added: It is very sharp.
The monk fled in dismay -- to discover later that the woodcutter was Nansen himself.


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