Saint of Mt. Koya
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" 'Hey you, priest,' he called, making me feel like a fool from the very first. 'Do you realize what you said just now? Do you see the paradox of it? You are one who has taken a vow not to taste the pleasures of this world. You've shaved your head and become a priest, and yet you still seek to protect your life. It doesn't make any sense, but that's human nature. Come on, admit it. You claim to have renounced the world, but you really want to hold on to your life after all. You see, Miss, he has not yet freed himself from an attachment to the things of this world.' When the peddler had said this, he turned to the maid and they both burst into raucous laughter.

"I was young then, you know, and I burned red with shame, and yet I was still reluctant to drink the water I had already scooped up.


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