23. E-Shun's Departure

    When E-Shun1, the Zen nun, was past sixty and about to leave this world, she asked some monks to pile up wood in the yard.

    Seating herself firmly in the centre of the funeral pyre, she had it set fire around the edges.

    "O, nun!" shouted one monk, "is it hot in there?"

    "Such a matter would concern only a stupid person like yourself," answered E-Shun. The flames arose, and she passed away.


1. E-Shun