A great minister asked, "I've been reading the sutras—what is meant by, 'A fierce wind has blown the ship off course, setting it drifting toward the land of the Rakshasas'?"
The teacher responded, "Why ask something like that?"
The great minister's face went pale with that response.
And the teacher repeated, "A fierce wind has blown the ship off course, setting it drifting toward the land of the Rakshasas!"
The minister understood.
John Tarrant Roshi presents on the opening night of Bare Bones Winter Sesshin 2011. The koan is “Little Jade.” A woman calls to her servant girl, “Little Jade,” not because she wants something, but just so her lover can hear her voice.