place: China? Japan? [both?]
| oshobob The Living Workshop
|The Master Seistsu required larger premises
the building he was teaching in was very
Umezu, a merchant, decided to donate five
hundred pieces of gold for the construction of a
Umezu took the money to the teacher and
Seistsu said, "All right, I will take it."
Umezu gave the sack of gold to Seistsu, but he
was very dissatisfied with the attitude of the
teacher as the amount he had given was very
great â€“ one could live for a whole year on three
pieces of gold, and the teacher had not even
"In that sack there are five hundred pieces of
gold," hinted Umezu.
"You told me that before," said Seistsu.
"Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred
pieces of gold is a lot of money," said Umezu.
"Do you want me to thank you for it?" said
"You ought to," said Umezu.
"Why should I?" said Seistsu. "The giver should
There are only two ways to live your life, only two
ways to be: one is the right way, the other is the
wrong way. The right is to give, to share, to love.
The wrong is to snatch, to exploit, to accumulate.
Love and money are the symbols of these two
ways. Love is the right way and money is the
wrong way. Everybody is living the wrong way.
Why does it happen? What are the dynamics of
it? Why does everybody go wrong? Where are
the rules? So we will have to penetrate deeply,
only then will you be able to understand this
beautiful story. And if you cannot understand
this story, you cannot understand Buddha,
Jesus, Mahavira. No, it is impossible, because
they moved on the path of love, you move on
the path of money, and these two ways never
meet. They cannot meet...
No Water, No Moon, ch. 8
seems likely that this
should be Seisetsu.
Lots of reports of this Umezu anecdote on
the net using this form of the name. The form "Seistsu" in No Water
No Moon looks unlikely, so Oshobob does well to question it.
Seisetsu is identified in Wikipedia as
an historical figure thusly:
Seisetsu Shōchō (Ch'ing-cho Cheng-ch'eng,
清拙正澄) (1274-1339) was a Chinese Buddhist missionary to Japan.
A disciple of Ku-lin Ch'ing-mao of the Rinzai school, Seisetsu was an adherent of the gozan movement, which subsumed religious practices to secular authority.
Seisetsu emigrated to Japan in 1326, with three disciples. Unimpressed with the native Buddhist clergy's adherence to traditional Japanese customs, he instituted major reforms in Zen Buddhism, based on Chinese practices. He travelled widely, visiting Kamakura and Kyoto, and was abbot of Nanzen-ji for a time. He compiled the Daikan Shingi, a treatise on Buddhist practices and etiquette, as a guide for Japanese priests. Seisetsu was also influential in the secular world, being a mentor of Ogasawara Sadamune.]