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Changsha’s Dharma talk

Changsha’s Dharma talk

A monastic asked Changsha, “What is a dharma talk?” Changsha pointed to the left of his meditation seat and said, “This monastic is doing a dharma talk.” The monastic asked, “Is there anybody else who can do it?” Changsha pointed to the right of his meditation seat and said, “That monastic is doing it, too.” The monastic asked, “Then why can’t I hear it?” Changsha said, “Haven’t you heard that a real dharma talk makes no sound, and in real listening there is no hearing?”

Student: “How can I hear a dharma talk when it makes no sound and there is no hearing in real listening?”
Master: “Hear what is beyond sound.”
Student: “How?”
Master: “Don’t leave sound in order to hear what is beyond sound.”

Commentary:
Forsaking winds to seek air is not the right way.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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