Koan: Seizei the Poor

A monk, Seizei, asked Master Sôzan in all earnestness…

Seizei is alone and poor. I beg you, Master, please help me to become prosperous.

San said,

Venerable Zei! 

Yes, Master! replied Zei.

San said…

You have already drunk three cups of fine Hakka wine and still you say that you have not yet moistened your lips.


From The Gateless Gate: Case 10, Seizei the Poor
Translated by Yamada Kyoun, The Gateless Gate, Boston 2004

Image by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission

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