Master Guijong, while cutting grass, discovered a snake and cut it to death with his hoe. A monk who was cutting grass near him said to him, “I’ve heard much of you but you seem to be ill-behaved.” The master said, “Are you ill-behaved? Am I ill-behaved?”
Student: “Which one is ill-behaved, the Master or the monk?”
Master: “The one who killed the snake is ill-behaved.”
Student: “Then the Master is ill-behaved because he broke the first precept which forbids the killing of living things.”
Master: “How cruel you are to kill the living thing so many times!”
One with precepts in one’s mind cannot attain enlightenment.
One with ‘purity’ in one’s mind cannot enter Nirvana.
All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway