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Xuansha’s Seamless Stūpa

Xuansha’s Seamless Stūpa

When Xuansha travelled with Xuefeng, Xuefeng pointed at the ground in front of him and said, “This piece of field may be suited for building a seamless stupa.” Xuansha said, “How high should it be?” Xuefeng looked up and down. Xuansha said, “It’s just that you have not even dreamed of the Buddha’s affirmation of the attainment of Buddhahood on Vulture Peak.” Xuefeng said, “How would you say it?” Xuansha said, “Seven or eight feet.”

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Student: “Why did Xuansha deny Xuefeng’s answer and say, ‘Seven or eight feet’?”
Master: “Don’t make seams on the seamless Stupa.”

Commentary:
The water from one well tastes the same.
One kilometre is one thousand meters.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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