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Jinhua’s Ancient Mirror

Jinhua’s Ancient Mirror

A monastic asked Jinhua, “How is it when the ancient mirror is not yet polished?”
Jinhua said, “An ancient mirror.”
The monastic said, “How is it after it is polished?”
Jinhua said, “An ancient mirror.”

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Student: “Why did Jinhua say the same answer to two different questions?”
Master: “Because your mirror is not yet polished.”

Commentary:
It is not because the ancient mirror is not yet polished but because you have an eye disease that the ancient mirror doesn’t seem to be polished.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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