the opposite of criticism
Post #379 • October 4, 2004, 11:10 AM • 12 Comments
From The Art of Twentieth Century Zen by Audrey Yoshiko Seo:
Occasionally, however, Yuzen's own interest in painting and calligraphy got the better of him. During a lecture Yuzen said, "When I was at a big Buddhist meeting and ceremony that was attended by Zen Masters and abbots from all the Zen sects, there was a collection of autographs and writings by these monks. Among them the Kancho of Daitoku-ji, Kazan Roshi, had written the words 'Bright Dignitaries' [meirekireki]. But the reki character was written incorrectly as the word ma, so the phrase could not be read properly. I let this slip out of my mouth, and Kazan Roshi said, 'Yuzen, there is no need to worry, since it has my name below it. It is not a problem for you.' His point was that a person who follows his own spirit has no excess nose to stick into another person's work."