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« on: January 14, 2009, 11:46:49 AM »
Zobo pursued only literary studies before someone warned him that
was not the way to ultimate truth.  Then he went to a Zen master
and learned contemplate on emptiness.  It took a long time for Zobo
to attain realization.  Eventually, he got to the point where he was so
absorbed in concentration that he forgot to eat and sleep.  Oneday
when he was sleeping due to utter exhaustion, his master struck him
to wake him up and all at once he realized enlightenment.

Zobo was not even sixty years old when he passed away in 1840.
On the brink of death, he wrote a final verse.

Zobo at sixty!  Here is his real estate:
When eight clouds are standing, I piss at the sky.
It is a wonder, and a pity too,
I did not kill all the imitation Zen in the world.

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

Arunachala Siva.