Shikantaza, Tenryu's One Finger

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I want to explain our way-- our way of zazen. Do you know-- you know the famous story of Gutei? When Tenryu pointed up one finger, Gutei attained enlightenment. And do you-- what do you think [about] this one finger? He [Gutei] attained enlightenment, you know, and said: “I received Tenryu's one finger, and-- which I have been using for-- for my lifetime,” when he became pretty old he said. “What do you think this is?” [Laughs.] There is another-- I will tell you another story. Yakusan-- Yakusan ... Read Transcript (this version is updated and corrected at times. Any other transcripts below are not).


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