The Grass Grows by Itself ~ 06

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event type discourse
date & time 26 Feb 1975 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle GRASS06
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
During three years of severe training under the great master Gizan, Koshu was unable to gain satori.
At the beginning of a special seven-day session of discipline, he thought his chance had finally come. He climbed the tower of the temple gate, and going up to the arhat images he made this vow: Either I realize my dreams up here, or they'll find my dead body at the foot of this tower.
He went without food or sleep, giving himself up to constant zazen, often crying out things like: What was my karma that in spite of all these efforts I can't grasp the way?
At last he admitted failure, and, determined to end it all, he went to the railing and slowly lifted his leg over it. At that very instant he had an awakening.
Overjoyed, he rushed down the stairs and through the rain to Gizan's room.
Before he had a chance to speak, the master cried: Bravo! -- you've finally had your day.


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