Friday, June 5, 2015

Tozan’s Sixty Blows

Tozan went to Ummon and Ummon asked him where he had come from.

Tozan answered, “From Sato!
Then Ummon asked, “Where were you then during the Summer?”

Tozan answered, “At Hoji Temple in Konan Province.”

 Ummon further asked Tozan, “When did you leave there?”

 Tozan replied, “I left on August 25.”

Un-mon told Tozan, “You deserve 60 blows, but I will forgive you today!”

The next day Tozan knelt and deeply bowed to Ummon and said, “Yesterday you forgave me the 60 blows, but I still do not understand in what respect I was wrong.

Then Un mon told Tozan, “You are really a good-for-nothing rice eater! No wonder you wandered around Konan and Kosei for nothing!”

 At this very moment, Tozan was awakened.

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