Lost His Leg

Unmon went to Bokushu's temple to seek Zen. The first time he went, he was not admitted. The second time he went, he was not admited. The third time he went, the gate was opened slightly by Bokushu, and Unmon stuck his leg in to try to gain entrance. Bokushu pushed him out and closed the large gate quickly - so quickly that Unmon's leg was caught and broken.

In ancient days broken bones usually resulted, at best, in crippling for life. But for Unmon seeking truth was a matter of life and death. In the world of truth one finds something more important and more valuable than physical life.


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