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Zhaozhou’s “Carry It with You”

Zhaozhou’s “Carry It with You”

Yanyang Shanxin asked Zhaozhou, “How is it when nothing comes up?”
Zhaozhou said, “Cast it off.”
Yanyang said, “When nothing comes up, how can you cast it off?”
Zhaozhou said, “Then carry it with you.”

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Student: “What should we cast off when nothing comes up?”
Master: “Nothing.”
Student: “How can we cast off nothing?”
Master: “Without nothing, how could you ask me about nothing?”

Commentary:
Thinking that nothing comes up is the other side of the illusion that something comes up.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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