Dissolving Karmic Obstacles

 

 



 

During a meditation session at the Ling Chuan Monastery, the Master came to personally supervise the session.  He applied the awakening staff to almost all of the disciples.  One monk who was not hit by the staff wondered, “Why doesn’t the Master hit me, it would help to dissolve my karmic obstacles.”

At that very moment, the Master appeared beside the monk, bent forward slightly, looked directly at him, and remarked, “One should dissolve one’s own obstacles.”



* A short, flat wooden staff used to maintain alertness and to assist cultivation in the Chan hall.

 

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