The Empty Boat ~ 11

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event type discourse
date & time 20 Jul 1974 am
location Lao Tzu balcony, Poona
language English
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shorttitle BOAT11
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
When Chuang Tzu was about to die,
His disciples began planning a grand funeral.
But Chuang Tzu said:
"I shall have heaven and earth for my coffin;
The sun and moon will be jade symbols
Hanging by my side;
Planets and constellations
Will shine as jewels all around me,
And all beings will be present
As mourners at the wake.
What more is needed?
Everything is amply taken care of."
But the disciples said:
"We fear that the crows and kites
Will eat our master."
Chuang Tzu replied:
"Well, above ground I shall be eaten
By crows and kites,
And below ground by ants and worms.
In either case I shall be eaten --
So why are you favoring the birds?"


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