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Chapter 7: One Cannot Have a Problem

When Kyozan was living at Kannon Temple,
he put up a notice-board on which it said,
“No questions while sutras are being read!”

The sutras are Buddhist scriptures.

A monk came to visit the master,
and just at that time Kyozan was reading the sutra,
so the monk stood beside him until Kyozan
had finished reading and rolled up the sutra.
Kyozan said, “Do you understand?”
The monk replied, “I was not reading the sutra
- how could I understand it?”

The monk missed the great opportunity of understanding. The truth is not written in the sutra, but in closing the sutra, in dropping all the past, howsoever beautiful.

When he closed the sutra, he was indicating that when you are finished with all sutras, understanding arises on its own. It does not come out of any book, any scripture, any sutra. That’s why he asked a very absurd question: “Do you understand?”

The poor monk was just waiting to ask something, waiting for when the reading of the sutra was finished and he could ask the question. But the master is always ahead of the disciple; before he could even utter a single word.

Kyozan said, “Do you understand?”
The monk replied, “I was not reading the sutra
- how could I understand it?”

The monk is showing his mediocre mind, showing that he does not understand the language of those who know, is showing his ignorance without even being aware that if Kyozan asks, “Do you understand?” he perfectly knows that he was reading the sutra, not the monk. But being in the close proximity of a master.

When the master closes the sutra, he is saying something without saying it. He is saying, “The moment you are free of sutras, you are free of mind, all your problems will disappear. Please don’t ask them!”

Kyozan said, “You will understand later.”

This moment you missed; I had given you a great opportunity of my presence and my silence, I did everything to show you that the sutra has to be finished. Unfortunately you missed, but don’t be worried, you will understand later.

The monk afterwards brought the matter up to Gonto, who said,
“That old roshi!”(

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