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Tozan’s three pounds of flax

Tozan’s three pounds of flax

A monk asked Tozan, “What is the Buddha?” Tozan answered, “Three pounds of flax!”

Student: “Why did Tozan say, ‘Three pounds of flax’ when he was asked what the Buddha is?”
Master: “It is parents that give pocket money to their children, but it is their children that decide how to use it.”

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Commentary:
A banknote is money to the wise but just a piece of paper to the foolish.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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