The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence.
On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: “Fix those lamps.”
A drunk crossed the street and accosted a pedestrian, asking him, “I shay, which ish the other shide of the shtreet?”
The pedestrian, somewhat nonplussed, replied, “That side, of course!”
The drunk said, “Shtrange. When I wash on that shide, they shaid it wash thish shide.”
Source | Desmond Tutu, God is Not a Christian: And Other Provocation
(Harper One, 2011) page 5.
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