Returning to the Source ~ 08

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event type discourse
date & time 18 Dec 1974 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SOURCE08
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
There are some beautiful letters carved over the gate of the Oaku temple in Kyoto which say: The first principle. People come from far and near to admire them. The original calligraphy was done on paper by the master Kosen.
When Kosen was drawing the characters there was a pupil standing by who had mixed the ink. 'Not so good,' said the pupil at Kosen's first try. 'That's worse than the first one,' said the pupil to the second try. And so it went on. After the sixty-fourth try, the ink was running low, so the pupil went out to mix some more.
'Just a quick one with the last of the ink,' thought Kosen, 'while that pupil is out of the way.'
When the pupil returned, he took a good look as this latest effort, and said: A masterpiece!


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