Thursday, 11 August 2016

Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle

                Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle was both a Jesuit priest and an authorized Zen teacher. Maria Reis Habito told me several stories about her time with him: “When I first came to sesshin, and I asked Father Lassalle, I said, ‘You know, I’m Christian, but I met this Buddhist master, and now he wants me to meditate, and do you think Jesus would mind if I did Buddhist meditation?’ And he looked at me and he said, ‘You know what? I wouldn’t worry about that.’ So I said, ‘Fine.’

                “On another occasion I came into his dokusan, into the interview, and – I don’t know – I said a lot, and I was in trouble, I don’t know what. And he looked at me and said, ‘I forgot to put in my hearing-aids. Would you say all of this again?’ And with a smile I dropped it all and said, ‘You know what? It’s not important.’”

[Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle  Catholicism and Zen: 14, 32-36, 38-41, 43, 45, 46, 53, 55, 56, 59, 66, 68, 76, 89, 90, 91, 111, 112, 119, 172]

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