Rinzai and Obaku: Not seeing you've gotten your answer Barry Magid May 3rd 2014

The Book of Equanimity, Case 86 Rinzai's Great Enlightenment

Rinzai asked Maser Obaku, "What is the ultimate meaning of Buddhism?" In response, Obaku hit him. This happened three times so he left Obaku and went to see master Daigu.

Daigu asked, "Where do you come from?" Rinzai replied, "I came from Obaku." And Daigu asked, "What did Obaku have to say?" Rinzai said, "I asked what is the ultimate meaning of Buddhism three times, and three times I tasted his stick. I don't know if I was at fault or not." Daigu exclaimed, "Obaku is such an old grandmother to be so very kind to you and still you come and ask if you're at fault or not." At these words, Rinzai attained great enlightenment.

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