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« on: December 27, 2008, 03:37:59 PM »
Once Zen Master Tenkei, was formally invited to become the teaching
abbot of a certain monastery.  He refused, saying:  "Decadance has been
increasing for a long time. Since the basis of teaching has been lost,
how can anyone appear in the world as a teacher?  So no more about it."

The emissary bringing the invitation responded. "The congregation at
the monastery only invites you to borrow you for the sake of the
Great Teaching. Who would say that it is heteredox?"

And he kept begging the Zen Master so insistently that Tenkei fianlly

The following year, however, Tenkei withdrew from the monastery
on account of a certain incident.  He said in a poem:

Coming was fine, going is fine too;
Flowing water, a floating cloud -- an individual mendicant.
Why be led by the nose by the other people?
Going along with circumstances, today I am leaping again!

(Source: Zen antics. Thomas Cleary. Pub. Shambhala, Boston.)

Arunachala Siva.