Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka....
YAO-SHAN ASCENDED HIS SEAT
One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
When everyone was together in the hall and ready to listen to him, he immediately descended the seat and went back to his quarter. The host of the monastery followed him and asked: -Sir, you promised to give the community a sermon, why you did not speak any words like this? Yao-shan replied: -If the community want to hear about the sutras, they have sutra-teachers; if they want to hear about the sastras, they have sastra-teachers, there is no reason to blame this old monk.
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