Jojoza Stands Still

Jojoza asked Rinzai, "What is the gist of the Buddha Law?" Rinzai leaped from his seat, seized Jojoza, cuffed him, and thrust him away. Jojoza stood rooted to the spot, unable to speak. A monk, who had witnessed this scene, reprimanded Jojoza, saying, "You are supposed to bow after receiving instruction." As Jojoza bowed, he was enlightened.

Jojoza was probably an old student who was well informed. He came to see Rinzai to test him. Rinzai intuitively knew Jojoza was neither sincere nor humble. But Jojoza became humble and bowed. He realised that knowledge is not Zen.


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