|Koke received a horse from the
as a reward for his teaching. He rode away on it,
but then fell off and broke his leg. When he
returned to the temple he had the head monk
make some crutches. Supported by the
crutches, Koke came across a monk, to whom
he said, "Do you know me?"
"Why shouldn't I know you?" replied the monk.
Koke said, "Here's somebody who expounded
the dharma, and can't walk as a result of it."
On another occasion, a monk asked Koke,
"What should we speak about before the Many-
Koke said, "If one tells a lie, ten thousand report
it as truth."
Lies are very impressive. You just start a lie and
by the evening the whole city will be believing it.
Perhaps on the way home it may come to you
also, and you may suspect whether it is a lie or a
truth. If the whole city – such a self-styled
cultured city – believes it, it must be true.
If you say the truth to anybody, nobody is going
to believe it: "You! And you have found the
truth?" Just keep your mouth shut. If people hear
it, they will kill you. But if you give a beautiful lie,
everybody enjoys it and it goes on from mouth to
mouth immediately, like wildfire. And soon it
becomes true. It gathers new information that
you had not imparted, it gathers new ornaments,
and by the evening when it comes back to you,
you cannot believe this is the same lie that you
The world loves lies, because lies don't need you
to be transformed. Lies are good conversation,
but truth is a danger. To utter it is to invite all
kinds of calamities...
Yakusan: Straight to the Point of Enlightenment,