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  One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters,
has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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IT WAS REALLY A TRIAL
A Japanese Zen trainee monk named Nantembo who was highly praised by the Zen master Mokurai -
an abbot of the Kennin-ji temple in Kyoto - as a good example of sheer force of will in zazen.
Nantembo had raging erections whenever visions of beautiful women appeared before him
during Zen meditation. Nantembo cursed the erections and suppressed the enticing fantasies
by sheer force of will. Nantembo himself told this tale:
"Once I was traveling on a ship, and at one port my fellow passengers summoned a bevy of whores
to entertain them. They got a girl for me, too, but I paid her off and told her to leave. The quarters were very
cramped, and I had no choice but to place my self right in the center of the orgy and do zazen. It was really a trial!"

Edited by John Stevens


 



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