Many pupils were studying meditation under the Zen master Sengai. One of them
used to arise at night, climb over the temple wall, and go to town on a pleasure
Sengai, inspecting the dormitory quarters, found this pupil missing one night
and also discovered the high stool he had used to scale the wall. Sengai removed
the stool and stood there in its place.
When the wanderer returned, not knowing that Sengai was the stool, he put his
feet on the master’s head and jumped down into the grounds. Discovering what he
had done, he was aghast.
Sengai said: “It is very chilly in the early morning. Do be careful not to catch
The pupil never went out at night again.