Zen

Dongshan’s “Cold and Heat”

Dongshan was once asked by a monastic, “When cold or heat comes, how can we avoid it?”

Dongshan said, “Why don’t you go to the place where there is no cold or heat?”

The monastic said, “What is the place where there is no cold or heat?”

Dongshan said, “When it is cold, let the cold kill you. When it is hot, let the heat kill you.”

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Student: “What happens when the cold kills me?”

Master: “There is no one who complains of being cold.”

Student: “How can I let the heat kill me?”

Master: “Enter the heat.”

 

Commentary:

Emptiness swallows everything. Every name is the name of Emptiness.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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