Thursday, February 23, 2017

Right and Wrong

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Right and WrongWhen Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again Bankei disregarded the matter. This angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

When Bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him. “You are wise brothers,” he told them. “You know what is right and what is not right. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave.”

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.

Contributed By Sensei Dane Harden

Dane Harden

About Dane Harden

Dane Harden has written 14 article(s) on World Wide Dojo - Home.

Colonel Harden has trained in the martial arts since 1969. He is also a medical professional and an Army Veteran with numerous combat deployments. He holds numerous Black belt ratings and instructor certifications in Tae kwon do, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Goshindo sword. He is a member of the Senior Mentors Black Belt Board of Directors with the Joe Lewis fighting System, a Chudokai Aikido Federation International Instructor, USA Olympic Tae Kwon Do member, and a Goshindo Sword and Chanbara Association Instructor. Sensei Harden owns and operates Western Masters Martial Arts, Inc. with locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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