Shishuang’s “Transcendent Wisdom That Meets the Eye”

Shishuang went to study with Daowu and asked, “What is the transcendent wisdom that meets the eye?” Daowu called out, “Novice!” A novice monastic responded.

Daowu said to the novice, “Add some water to the jar.”  Then he said to Shishuang, “What did you ask?”

Shishuang repeated the question. Daowu stood up and walked away. At this point Shishuang had realisation.



Student: “What did Daowu mean by telling the novice to add some water to the jar?”

Master: “He stood up and walked away.”



If you add water to the jar, you can’t stop being thirsty.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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