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« on: December 07, 2008, 03:32:09 PM »
When Bankei was preaching in Ryumon Temple, a Shinshu priest
who believed in salvation thorugh the repetition of the name of
the Buddha of Love, was  very jealous of his large audience and
wanted to debate with Bankei. 

Bankei was in the midst of a talk when the priest appeared but
the fellow made such a disturbance that Bankei stopped his
discourse and asked about the noise.

"The founder of our sect", boasted the priest, "had such miraculous
powers that he held a brush in his hand on one bank of the river,
his attendant held up a paper on the other bank and the teacher
wrote the holy name of Amita bha bhutsu, through the air. Can
you do such a wonderful thing?"

Bankei replied lightly: "Perhaps your fox can perform the trick,
but that is not the essence of Zen.  My miracle is that when I
feel hungry, I eat, when I feel thirsty, I drink, and when my
stomach is paining, I defacate!"

(Source:  Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Paul Reps, Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.