Zen The Path of Paradox Vol 2 ~ 05
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|date & time||25 Jun 1977 am|
|location||Buddha Hall, Poona|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 38min. Quality: good.|
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- 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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