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The Truth of Words and Actions

The Truth of Words and Actions

Shitou told the assembly, “Words and actions have nothing to do with the truth.”
Yaoshan said, “Going beyond words and actions also has nothing to do with the truth.”
Shitou said, “In this place, even a needle cannot enter.”
Yaoshan said, “In this place, it’s just like planting flowers on a rock.”

Student: “If words and actions have nothing to do with the truth, and going beyond words and actions also has nothing to do with the truth, what is the truth?”
Master: “Not only words and actions but also going beyond words and actions is the truth.”

Commentary:
When you can see all things like planting flowers on a rock, everything is the truth.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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