Fayan’s “Non-abiding Origin”

Fayan was once asked by a monastic, “I learned in the sutras that all dharmas are based on the non-abiding origin. What is the non-abiding origin?”

Fayan said, “Form is born from formlessness and name comes from the unnameable.”


Student: “What is formlessness?”

Master: “Form.”

Student: “What is the unnameable?”

Master: “Name.”




If you are not deluded by words, form is formlessness, but if you are, the unnameable is a name.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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