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The Silent Temple
January 25th, 2014

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The Silent Temple

« Shoichi was a one-eyed teacher of Zen, sparkling with enlightenment. He taught his disciples in  Tofuku temple.

Day and night the whole temple stood in silence. There was no sound at all. Even the reciting of sūtras was abolished by the teacher. His pupils had nothing to do but meditate.

When the master passed away, an old neighbour heard the ringing of bells and the recitation of sūtras. Then she knew  Shoichi had gone. »

Who/what is gone?
Can enlightenment be one-eyed?

Bell, or Zen master?
Does one aspect vibrate when the other doesn't?

#Zen   #Buddhism