It was a few days before the first
ordination at CTTB, and I was working on electrical problem at Great
Compassion Quad using a ladder with a smooth metal skid on the smooth
concrete sidewalk. The bottom of the ladder slipped out, causing me to
fall about six feet and end up with my ankle mashed between the
sidewalk, the ladder, and my body weight. I was taken to the hospital
for X-rays and there was no fractures, but the ankle was swollen and
hurt badly. A few days after that, I was sitting in a chair in the
Buddha hall when Shrfu returned from San Francisco with a few guests.
Shrfu came straight away over to me carrying his White Whisk. I put my
palms together as he whisked me from head to foot, whisking everything
into my right leg and foot; then he gave a gentle kick to my shin and
stepped on my foot with a gentle and firm pressure; as I remember, the
heel of his shoe was right where the mark is now, nineteen years later.
Shrfu told me that because of my
temper, Weitou Bo-dhisattva had given me a whack, as a warning. Though
the ankle was not healed (some lessons should be painful), the work
that Shrfu did on me was far deeper and more profound than I have been
able to understand. In the Dharani Sutra the White Whisk is used to
eradicate karmic obstacles and difficulties resulting from evil killing
Though I continue to dream of
Shrfu occasionally, at times of real need, this is a tangible and very
gentle reminder where I should be going, and a warning to always change
for the better.