"The Governor of Kyoto"
(A Zen Parable)

3-12-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #231

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Pastor Daniel

Story of the Week
“The Governor of Kyoto”
(A Zen Parable )

Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto.
        One day the governor of Kyoto called upon him for the first time. His attendant presented the card of the governor, which read: "Kitagaki, Governor of Kyoto.
        "I have no business with such a fellow," said Keichu to his attendant. "Tell him to leave."
        The attendant carried the card back with apologies. "That was my error," said the governor, and with a pencil he scratched out the words 'Governor of Kyoto'. He handed the card back to the attendant and said, "Ask your teacher again."
"Oh, is that Kitagaki?" exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card. "I want to see that fellow!"

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        If I be known by many “titles” in my life, the only one that really matters to me is “Child of God.”

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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