Zen The Path of Paradox Vol 2 ~ 01

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event type discourse
date & time 21 Jun 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle PARAD201
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
One evening as Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras a thief with a sharp sword entered, demanding either his money or his life.
Shichiri told him: 'Do not disturb me. You can find the money in that drawer.' Then he resumed his recitation.
A little while afterwards he stopped and called: 'Don't take it all. I need some to pay taxes with tomorrow.'
The intruder gathered up most of the money and started to leave. 'Thank a person when you receive a gift,' Shichiri added. The man thanked him and made off.
A few days afterwards the fellow was caught and confessed, among others, the offence against Shichiri. When Shichiri was called as a witness he said: 'This man is no thief, at least as far as I am concerned. I gave him the money and he thanked me for it.'
After he had finished his prison term, the man went to Shichiri and became his disciple.


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