Zen Story – Hakuin says “Is that so?”

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Hakuin Zen Story

Hakuin says, “Is that so?”

Was Hakuin a fool letting the world treat him badly and poorly, destroying his reputation and good name?

He was lied on, did not defend himself, and raised a child – who was not his – for a year. Then he turned the child over without argument, without correction or an even, “Hey. Listen. Reimburse me for what you put me through and by the way, I am suing you for defamation.”

Jesus said, “Resist not Evil” and here is Hakuin, not resisting. And you might hear me say “What we resists, persists” and other philosophies carry this in their back pocket too. The reason is because it’s the Truth.

Non-Duality includes inviting everything that comes our way into our world and why not?

With or without my participation, acceptance, openness or detachment  – in this case, to other peoples’ opinions or perceptions – reality will happen. Yes, I could defend myself or I could simply not explain.

Illusion, Rumors, Gossip, Truth

People believe lies all the time. Or they believe rumors, gossip, illusions or Truth. In the metaphysical realm, when I release my need for someone to know some Truth, I notice I no longer care that they know it or I discover that they will come to know it, as in Hakuin’s case.

In the earth realm, say via Codependent Recovery, it’s not my business whether someone knows some Truth or not.

So, what do you think of Hakuin?

Is he a fool or a very wise Zen Master?

Contemplation Points

  1. Do you ‘always’ seem to try to explain yourself even when you sense the falling onto deaf ears?
  2. Have you ever noticed your Truth being supplanted by your Ego when you do this?
  3. How have things been different when you knew Truth yet you ‘allowed’ others to believe differently?

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  • Samsara (author) said:

    Is that so?

  • Sean McCrory said:

    Its not the common thing in our world to turn the cheek , to not stand for our rights or reputation . Its an instant reaction and expectation in fact . Loving enemies – totally foreign . Mercy times a thousand ( even for the same re-occuring offense ) not common . It sounds so impossible , so indifferent …and so weak . Yet its the opposite , so strong , so possible and so common – why is it common ? Because its what we live with every day – its what God patiently distributes out to us every single day . We recieve it without even asking . Same mistakes , same offenses , same habits , same faults although its not popular to view ourselves as needing the impossible . People use the word Karma as if its their personal watch dog to unleash on others for doing them wrong . Its in our nature to STAND UP for our rights and our reputation . Its constitutionally correct . The only thing I can say is ….and think about this ……what a terror it would be if we had a God that did that very same thing . The world would be a mess . If I have trouble with faith in God , its almost as easy to correct that problem by simply looking at the “natural” and knowing that the opposite exists .

  • Samsara (author) said:

    People use the word Karma as if its their personal watch dog to unleash on others for doing them wrong .

    I like that turn of phrase, Sean.

    And I equally the Turn the Other Cheek as Emmett Fox describes it in Sermon on the Mount and as you brought it up. Not the literally, but the spiritually…although I do know of some people who have done it literally because the Spirit led. :)

    I get feeling outrage. I mean…of course I do. But darn if you didn’t say it with “If I have trouble with faith in God, its almost as easy to correct that problem by simply looking at the “natural” and knowing that the opposite exists .”

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