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18 The villagers thereabouts, moved through his destitute , got here to his reduction and located him accommodations. at the moment, the village headman came upon he was once lacking a few ten ryō19 from his funds handbag and instantly suspected Bankei of the robbery. [Thereafter, counsel to Bankei] started to dwindle away. Over a yr handed, whilst, vacationing the house of his son-in-law, the headman chanced on that the lacking cash were stolen in desperation by way of a girl. He then summoned Bankei and defined what had occurred, expressing repentance and delivering his apologies. Bankei frivolously answered: “Very reliable, first-class. in spite of the fact that, this had not anything to do with me. no matter if it used to be your suspecting me or my being lower than suspicion—right from the beginning, there has been not anything to it. the whole lot simply arose from notions. ” (Zoku kinsei sōgo, zenshū, p. 477. ) The Confucians whilst the grasp used to be vacationing the Sanyūji in Bizen, all of the neighborhood Confucians adversarial Buddhism. They abominated the Master’s spiritual identify and sought to humiliate him, coming to work out the grasp and debating with him for almost 3 months. on the end of the talk their ringleader, a undeniable Nakagawa, ended by means of calling Śākyamuni a parasite at the global. The grasp requested: “How is it in line with the Confucians? ” [Nakagawa] spoke back: “Order the dominion and teach the folks. ” The grasp acknowledged: “I have heard that he who may light up the intense advantage within the nation should still first positioned his [own] family so as. He who might placed his loved ones so as should still first domesticate himself. He who could domesticate himself, may still first straighten his brain. He who may straighten his brain may still first make his goal honest. 20 Now, on your case, what kind of purpose is it you’re trying to make honest, and with what brain are you doing this? ” the man was once dumbfounded. The grasp laughed and stated: “If you haven’t but understood the writings of [the sage of] Ro21 within the east, how are you going to most likely seize the that means of [Bodhidharma’s] coming from the west? ”22 [Nakagawa], absolutely flustered, withdrew. Thereupon, all the Confucians, bringing with him his disciples, got here to check Buddhism with the grasp, even attending the Master’s zazen perform. one among them offered the grasp with a poem: “The kite soars during the sky The fish activities within the sea—” The Patriarchs’ Zen! 23 The grasp acknowledged: “How approximately your individual Zen? ” The Confucian couldn't answer. (Tomisusanshi, goroku, p. 139. ) the wealthy man’s spouse For sure purposes, the grasp broke off kinfolk together with his elder brother Tadayasu. Tadayasu used to be on shut phrases with my great-grandfather Sukeyasu,24 and the 2 have been similar to kinfolk. Sukeyasu built a hermitage at the mountain above our relations domestic, and, inviting the grasp, had him settle there. the following, the grasp had a spot the place he might keep it up his meditation perform. The grasp himself wrote out the identify of the hermitage and positioned it open air the doorway. therefore, he used to be a widespread customer at our kin domestic, which used to be similar to his personal condo.