Zen The Special Transmission ~ 05
|date & time||5 Jul 1980 am|
|location||Buddha Hall, Pune|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 51min. Quality: good.|
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- 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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