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The World-Honoured One Did Not Speak a Word

The World-Honoured One Did Not Speak a Word

When the World-Honoured One was about to pass away, Manjushri asked him to give a sermon once more.
The World-Honoured One scolded him, saying, “I have not spoken even a single word for forty-seven years. You are asking me to speak once more. Have I ever said a word?”
Manjushri was silent.

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Student: “Why did the World-Honoured One scold Manjushri, saying that he had not spoken even a single word for forty-seven years when he was asked to give a sermon once more?”
Master: “He meant that his sermon is never-ending.”

Commentary:
A true dharma talk is not what is said but what is not said.
When what is not said is a dharma talk, when will it end?

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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