Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Zen story.

Keichu, a Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was visited one day by the governor of Kyoto for the first time. His assistant presented the calling card, which read: Kitagaki, Governor of Kyoto.

'I have no business with such a fellow.' said Keichu to his assistant. 'Tell him to get out of here.'

The assistant carried the card back with apologies.

‘Oh, that was my error,' said the governor and with a pencil he scratched out the words Governor of Kyoto. 'Ask your teacher again.'

'Oh, THAT Kitagaki?' said the teacher when he saw the card again. 'Him, I  want to see. Show him in."

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