Monday, March 7, 2011

Zen Stories # 7 - True realization

Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era.

When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.

His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:

“Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desire to turn into a walking dictionary for others.

There is no end to information and commentation, glory and honour.

I wish you would stop this lecture business.

Shut yourself up in a little temple in a remote part of the mountain.

Devote your time to meditation and in this way attain true realization.”

Jiun followed the advice seriously and won over life.

Zen principle: Success, Honor and Pride can easily misdirect anyone from their pursuit of true bliss or happiness.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nice post. Just wish Nithyananda had followed this!