Guizong Holds Up a Fist

Guizong Holds Up a Fist

Once Guizong was asked by Governor Libo, “I am not asking about the Three Vehicles and the Twelve Divisions of Sutras. But what is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India?”
Guizong held up his fist and said, “Do you understand?”
Libo said, “No, I don’t.”
Guizong said, “You have studied extensively, yet you don’t know what a fist is!”
Libo said, “Truly, I don’t understand it.”
Guizong said, “If you meet a true person, you are fulfilled in the Way. If you do not meet a true person, you spread worldly truth.”

Student: “Why did Guizong hold up his fist when asked the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India by Libo?”
Master: “He gave a very kind answer to Libo.”
Student: “Guizong told Libo that if Libo met a true person, he would be fulfilled in the Way. Who is the true person?”
Master: “Can you lift your fist?”
Student: “Of course, I can.”
Master: “That’s it.”
Student: “I don’t understand what you mean.”
Master: “That’s it.”
Student: “What do you mean by ‘That’s it’?”
Master: “That’s it.”

If you are not deluded by illusions, every single word from your mouth is the Way and there is no action that is not the Way.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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