Zen The Path of Paradox Vol 2 ~ 05

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event type discourse
date & time 25 Jun 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 38min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle PARAD205
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt.
On the way he stopped at a shinto shrine and told his men: 'After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.'
Nobunaga entered the shrine and offered silent prayer. He came forth and tossed a coin. Heads appeared. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily.
'No one can change the hand of destiny,' his attendant told him after the battle.
'Indeed not,' said Nobunaga, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way.


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