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  The master Bankei's talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras not indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of... continue...

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SO I AM HELPING
P'ang Yun (740-808) was a well known Chinese Zen Layman.
He was once selling bamboo baskets. Coming down off the a bridge, he stumbled and fell.
When Ling-chao saw this she ran to her father's side and threw herself down.
" What are you doing!" cried the Layman.
"I saw Papa fall to the ground, so I am helping," replied Ling-chao.
"Luckily no one was looking," remarked the Layman.

(Ruth Fuller Sasaki's translation)


 



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