Is that so?

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Is that so?

Post by Jesse » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:17 am

The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.

A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning her parents discovered she was with child.

This made her parents angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin. In great anger the parents went to the master. 'Is that so?' was all he would say.

After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbors and everything else the little one needed.

A year later the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth - that the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fish market.

The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask his forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back again. Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was, 'Is that so?'
“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one's desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus

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Re: Is that so?

Post by Lhug-Pa » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:57 am

Ah so (desu ka?)

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Re: Is that so?

Post by White Lotus » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:56 pm

so is just so, reality is reality. is that so? it was so with Hakuin and yet it wasnt.

so how do you answer Hakuin? ''Poor Hakuin, youve had a bad day.''

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Re: Is that so?

Post by Quiet Heart » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:59 am

White Lotus wrote:so is just so, reality is reality. is that so? it was so with Hakuin and yet it wasnt.

so how do you answer Hakuin? ''Poor Hakuin, youve had a bad day.''

Is that so?
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach

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