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The Daily Dharma – August 6, 2021

A Mother’s Advice

Abstract oil painting of the front of Frida Kahlo’s former home, La Casa Azul, in Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, México.
Frida’s Front Painting Seamus Berkeley

Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.

His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:

“Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desired to turn into a walking dictionary for others. There is no end to information and commentation, glory and honor. I wish you would stop this lecture business. Shut yourself up in a little temple in a remote part of the mountain. Devote your time to meditation and in this way attain true realization.”

from 101 Zen Stories
As printed in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones