Zen

Buddha once said, “I transmit the true Dharma to Mahakasyapa.”

According to the Sutras, Buddha once said, “I transmit the true Dharma that I have, to my student, Mahakasyapa.” before the congregation one day. Regarding this, a monk asked Master Heung-hwa, “What did Buddha transmit to Mahakasyapa then?” The master answered, “One person transmitted falsely, and ten thousand people transmitted truly.”

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Student: “What’s the difference between what was truly transmitted and what was falsely transmitted?”

Master: “I transmit the true Dharma to you now. I hope you are quick to take it.”

Student: “Thank you, but I don’t know how to take it.”

Master: “Why do you try to take truly what I falsely transmitted?”

 

Commentary:

What can be transmitted or taken is not the true Dharma.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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