The Grass Grows by Itself ~ 05

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event type discourse
date & time 25 Feb 1975 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle GRASS05
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
There was a monk who called himself 'the Master of silence'. Actually he was a fraud and had no genuine understanding.
To sell his humbug Zen he had two eloquent attendant monks to answer questions for himbut, as if to show his inscrutable silent Zen, he himself never uttered a word.
One day, during the absence of his two attendants, a pilgrim came to him and asked: Master, what is the Buddha?
Not knowing what to do, or how to answer, he looked desperately around in all directions for his missing mouthpieces.
The pilgrim, apparently pleased and satisfied, thanked the master, and set out again on his journey.
On the road the pilgrim met the two attendant monks on their way home. He began telling them enthusiastically what an enlightened being this Master of silence is.
He said: I asked him what Buddha is and he immediately turned his face to the East and to the West implying that human beings are always looking for Buddha here and there, but actually, Buddha is not to be found in any such directions. Oh what an enlightened master he is, and how profound his teachings!
When the attendant monks returned, the Master of silence scolded them thus: Where have you been all this time? A while ago I was embarrassed to death and almost ruined by an inquisitive pilgrim.


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