Zen

Hwang-byuk’s ‘on the end of my Zen stick’

Master Hwang-byuk said to a monk, “All masters all around the country are on the end of my Zen stick.” The monk went to Master Dae-soo and told him what Hwang-byuk had said. Then, Dae-soo said, “Although Hwang-byuk said so, how could he go to see all the masters all around the country?” When the monk returned to Hwang-byuk and told him what Dae-soo had said. Hwang-byuk said, “My story has already spread all around the world.”

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Student: “What did Hwang-byuk mean by saying, ‘All masters all around the world are on the end of my Zen stick’?”

Master: “He did what can’t be said.”

Student: “What did Dae-soo mean by saying, ‘Although Hwang-byuk said so, how could he go to see all the masters all around the country?’?”

Master: “He said what can’t be done.”

Student: “What did Hwang-byuk mean by saying, ‘My story has already spread all around the world’?”

Master: “He did what Dae-soo said.”

 

Commentary:

What can’t be said is hidden in what is done and what can’t be done is hidden in what is said.

 

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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