The Tale of Gunbrun Sulei.

There are many versions of what Gunbrun Sulei's profession was. Some claimed he was a shoemaker; others, a simple mason or a shepherd. According to one storyteller, he was a gravedigger. But everyone agreed that he was a man from a lower position in society.

The reason "The Great Rochard," the most distinguished scholar of his time, ended up in that poor man's home has been the topic of a few novels and stage plays.

A movie had Rochard's huge entourage dispersed by a gang of thieves, and the nobleman escaping a sure death thanks to the clever intervention of Gunbrun Sulei.

In any case, after a few conversations, The Great Rochard realized that his very simple host was infinitely wiser than him.

Interestingly, there are two diametrically opposite conclusions of that story. 

The most popular has Rochard begging Gunbrun to come with him to the Capital, where he could become a high ranked counselor. Of course, Gunbrun Sulei declines that proposal, leaving the famous character speechless and forever confused.

In the second ending, fearing he would be supplanted as the most elevated mind of the century, Rochard made sure his savior would never leave get to the Capital.


In our adaptation of that legend, The Great Rochard never gets to meet Gunbrun Sulei. The wisest man in the world remains unknown to the world.


A famous kōan asks: when a tree of the forest collapses, if no one hears nor sees it, did it collapse?

If no one acknowledges the wisdom of a person, can this person be wise?


An author wrote that a wise person possesses an inner smile, a satisfaction that never leaves.









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