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  In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha's precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o'clock in the morning.... continue...

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WANDERING IN THE MOUNTAIN
One day, Chang-sha Ching-tsen (d. 868), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an masters,
wandered in the mountain. When he was back just at the gate of the temple, the head monk asked him:
-Where have you been, Sir?
Chang-sha replied:
-I was wandering in the mountain.
The head monk asked again:
-Where did you go and then come back?
Chang-sha replied:
-First, pursuing the fragrant grasses I went, then following the falling flowers I returned.
The head monk said:
-It's very much like the sense of springtime.
Chang-sha said:
-It's even more than the autunm dew dripping on the lotuses.


 



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