The Real Miracle
When Bankei was preaching at Ryumon templea Shinshu priestwho believed in salvation through repetition of the name of the Buddha of Lovewas jealous of his large audience and wanted to debate with him.
Bankei was in the midst of a talk when the priest appearedbut the fellow made such a disturbance that Bankei stopped his discourse and asked about the noise.
The founder of our sect,boasted the priesthad such miraculous powers that he held a brush in his hand on one bank of the river, his attendant held up a paper on the other bank, and the teacher wrote the holy name of Amida through the air. Can you do such a wonderful thing?
Bankei replied lightly: "Perhaps your fox can perform that trickbut that is not the manner of Zen. My miracle is that when I feel hungry I eatand when I feel thirsty I drink."