Tuesday, 23 May 2017


114. Master Joshu, born in 778, entered Nansen's monastery when he was eighteen years old. Not long afterwards he had a great Enlightenment-Realisation. Yet he continued to train with his master for the best part of the next forty years. Then, following Master Nansen's death, Joshu took to the road in order to visit various masters and temples. He wandered thus for about twenty years. While travelling hither and thither he worked at deepening his original realisation. Eventually, at the ripe old age of eighty, he settled down in a small temple and began to teach. If we would follow Joshu on the Way of Zen we must learn to hasten slowly.

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