Jojoo’s ‘cannot tell you the Dharma in the toilet’

One day Master Jojoo was in the toilet when he saw one of his students Moon-won passing by. He called, “Moon-won.” When Moon-won answered, “Yes”, Jojoo said, “I cannot tell you the Dharma in the toilet.”



Student: “Why did the master call his student monk, Moon-won?”

Master: “He did his job as his master.”

Student: “Why did he say that he couldn’t tell the teaching of Buddha in the toilet?”

Master: “He was so talkative that he added a commentary to his former teaching.”



The Dharma can be told neither in the toilet nor in the Buddha hall.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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