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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: BLOWN BY THE EIGHT WINDS
vertical line Posted on Oct.24.2012 @ 09:46AM EDT by esoteric
"A truly wise man will not be carried away by any of the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering and pleasure. He is neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline. The heavenly gods will surely protect one who does not bend (nor is propelled by) any of the eight winds."


But a simpler understanding on this Highest Teaching of the Blessed One, may better derive from this old Zen story:

Su Dongpo was an avid student of Buddhist teachings, and often discussed them with his good friend, the Zen master Foyin. The two lived across the river from one another - Su Dongpo's residence on the north side and Foyin's Gold Mountain Temple on the south side.

One day, Su Dongpo felt inspired and wrote the following poem:

I bow my head to the Heaven within Heaven

Hairline rays illuminating the universe

The eight winds cannot move me

Sitting still upon the purple golden lotus


Impressed by himself, Su Dongpo dispatched a servant to hand-carry this poem to Foyin. He felt certain that his friend would be just as impressed.

When Foyin read the poem, he immediately saw that it was both a tribute to the Buddha and a declaration of spiritual refinement. The "eight winds" in the poem referred to praise, ridicule, honor, disgrace, gain, loss, pleasure and misery - interpersonal forces of the material world that drove and influenced the hearts of men. Su Dongpo was saying that he had attained a higher level of spirituality, where these forces no longer affected him.

Smiling, the Zen master wrote "fart" on the manuscript and had it returned to Su Dongpo.

Su Dongpo had been expecting compliments and a seal of approval, so he was shocked when he saw what the Zen master had written. He hit the roof: "How dare he insult me like this? Why that lousy old monk! He's got a lot of explaining to do!"

Full of indignation, Su Dongpo ordered a boat to ferry him to the other shore as quickly as possible. Once there, he jumped off and charged into the temple. He wanted to find Foyin and demand an apology.

He found Foyin's door closed. On the door was a piece of paper, with the following two lines:

The eight winds cannot move me

One fart blows me across the river

This stopped Su Dongpo cold. Foyin had anticipated this hotheaded visit. Su Dongpo's anger suddenly drained away as he understood his friend's meaning. If he really was a man of spiritual refinement, completely unaffected by the eight winds, then how could he be so easily provoked?

With a few strokes of the pen and minimal effort, Foyin showed that Su Dongpo was in fact not as spiritually advanced as he claimed to be. Ashamed but wiser, Su Dongpo departed quietly.

This event proved to be a turning point in Su Dongpo's spiritual development. From that point on, he became a man of humility, and not merely someone who boasted of possessing the virtue.
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Reply from Joe Chip
Oct.24.2012
09:53AM EDT 
vertical line Riding the Fart Monster.
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Reply from Avisitor
Oct.24.2012
06:56PM EDT 
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vertical line Ridicule the gauge between riding the fart monster and beating the fart monster ... hahaha
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Reply from Avisitor
Oct.24.2012
06:57PM EDT 
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vertical line Who thought it possible to fart at a Zen master to reveal his true nature?? ... hahaha
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Reply from esoteric
Oct.24.2012
07:01PM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "Who thought it possible to fart at a Zen master to reveal his true nature?? ... hahaha "
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It happens all the time. Not always with the same result.

Some Zen masters need a lot of farts before they realize why they're being blown around so much.
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Reply from Joe Chip
Oct.24.2012
08:27PM EDT 
vertical line Only a versa recognises vice.
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Reply from Avisitor
Oct.24.2012
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vertical line Quote: "Only a versa recognises vice. "
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How would my car (Versa) know anything about vice???
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Reply from zenmanstan
Oct.24.2012
11:01PM EDT 
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vertical line hahaha and interesting joe chip

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