Zen

Nanquan Kills a Cat (3)

Once Nanquan saw the monastics of the eastern and western halls arguing over a cat.

He held up the cat and said to the monastics, “If you can say a turning word, I will not kill it.”

No one in the assembly could answer. So Nanquan cut the cat in two. Later he told the story to Zhaozhou. Zhaozhou took off his straw sandals, put them on his head, and walked away.

019_0196a_thumb

 

Student: “Why did Nanquan cut the cat in two?”

Master: “Because you saw it.”

Student: “Why did Zhaozhou take off his straw sandals, put them on his head and walk away?”

Master: “Because you didn’t see him.”

 

Commentary:

It’s because you killed the cat that mice are swarming here and there.

 

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

#zen #meditation #zenmeditation #enlightened #enlightenment #zenfools #photography

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s