I shall no longer be instructed by the Yoga Veda or the Aharva Veda, or the ascetics, or any other doctrine whatsoever. I shall learn from myself, be a pupil of myself; I shall get to know myself, the mystery of Siddhartha.” He looked around as if he were seeing the world for the first time.
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Friday Feb 27, 7:00pm
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Book of Serenity #49
“Tozan and the Memorial Service”
When Tôzan held a memorial service for Ungan before his portrait, he mentioned the episode with the portrait.
A monk came forward and asked, “When Ungan said, ‘Just this!’ what did that mean?”
Tôzan said, “At that time, I almost misunderstood my master’s meaning.”
The monk said, “I wonder whether or not Ungan really knew that IT is.”
Tôzan said, “If he did not know that it is, how could he say like that? If he knew that it is, how did he dare say like that?”