Zen The Special Transmission ~ 05

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event type discourse
date & time 5 Jul 1980 am
location Buddha Hall, Pune
language English
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shorttitle SPCIAL05
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Shih-kung was a hunter before he was ordained as a Zen monk under Ma Tzu. He strongly disliked Buddhist monks, who were against his profession.
One day, while chasing a deer, he passed by the cottage where Ma Tzu resided. Ma Tzu came out and greeted him.
Shih-kung asked, "Did you see some deer pass by your door?"
"Who are you?" asked the master.
"I am a hunter."
"How many can you shoot down with your arrow?"
"One with one arrow."
"Then you are no hunter," declared Ma Tzu.
"How many can you shoot with one arrow?" asked the hunter in his turn.
"The entire flock, with one arrow."
"They are living creatures, why should you destroy the whole flock at one shooting?"
"If you know that much, why don't you shoot yourself?"
"As to shooting myself, I do not know how to proceed."
"This fellow," exclaimed Ma Tzu, all of a sudden, "has put a stop today to all his past ignorance and evil passions!"
Thereupon, Shih-kung the hunter broke his bow and arrows and became Ma Tzu's pupil.
When he became a Zen master himself, he had a bow with an arrow ready to shoot, with which his monks were threatened when they approached him with a question. San-ping was once so treated.
Shih-kung exclaimed, "Look out for the arrow!"
Ping opened his chest and said, "This is the arrow that kills; where is the one that resuscitates?"
Kung struck three times on the bowstring. Ping bowed.
Kung said, "I have been using one bow and two arrows for the past thirty years, and today I have succeeded in shooting down only half of a wise man."
Shih-kung broke his bow and arrows once more, and never used them again.


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