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Master Basho’s staff

Master Basho’s staff

Master Basho said to his disciples, “If you have a staff, I will give one to you. If you have no staff, I will take it away from you!”

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Student: “What did Master Basho mean?”
Master: “He showed off his staff.”
Student: “What is it like?”
Master: “A staff.”

Commentary:
A staff!
You can’t own it, nor can you give it away.

©Boo Ahm
All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway http://ow.ly/i/AcmeJ

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