SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi LXXX

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Traditionally, Zen Teachers would give a shout of 'KATSU' ... arising from somewhere, spreading everywhere ... beyond thinking or discrimination ... power to swallow the universe whole ...
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... Such as in these stories of Master Rinzai (who was a little physical):

A monk asked: "What is the essence of Buddhism?"

Master Rinzai raised his fly-whisk.

The monk gave a Katsu shout.

The Master hit him.

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Again, a monk asked: "What is the essence of Buddhism?"

The Master raised his fly-whisk again.

The monk gave a Katsu.

The master also gave a Katsu.

The monk hesitated.

The Master hit him.

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The master asked a monk: "Where do you come from?"

The monk gave a Katsu.

The Master folded his arms and told him to sit down.

The monk hesitated – then the Master hit him.


Master Yōsō Sōi composed a final poem ...


On the death bed—Katsu!

Let he who has eyes see!

Katsu! Katsu! Katsu!

And once again, Katsu!


Today, Jundo will demonstrate the power of the Katsu Shout!


We see in the past that those who transcended the ordinary and transcended the sacred and those who died while sitting or died while standing, relied totally on this power. Moreover, changing of the moment through the action of a finger, a [flag]pole, a needle, or a wooden clapper; and exact experience of the state through the manifestation of a whisk, a fist, a staff, or a shout, can never be understood by thinking and discrimination. How could they be known through mystical powers or practice and experience? They may be dignified behavior beyond sound and form. How could they be anything other than criteria that precede knowing and seeing? [Nishijima]


In surveying the past, we find that transcendence of both mundane and sacred and dying while either sitting or standing have all depended entirely on the power of zazen. In addition, triggering awakening with a finger, a banner, a needle, or a mallet, and effecting realization with a whisk, a fist, a staff, or a shout-these cannot be understood by discriminative thinking; much less can they be known through the practice of supernatural power. They must represent conduct beyond seeing and hearing. Are they not a standard prior to knowledge and views? [SZTP]


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