The Grass Grows by Itself ~ 06
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|date & time
|26 Feb 1975 am
|Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
|Available, duration 1h 30min. Quality: good.
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- 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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