Master Daejoo questions a monk who lectured on the Sutras

Master Daejoo asked a monk who lectured on the Sutras, “What Sutra are you lecturing on these days?” He answered, “I am lecturing on the Diamond Sutra.” Daejoo said, “Saying that the Buddha spoke is finding fault with the Buddha. Saying that the Sutras are not the Buddha’s speech is finding fault with the Sutras. What would you say apart from these two comments?” The monk couldn’t answer the question.


Student: “What should I say in order to avoid finding fault with both comments?”

Master: “The Diamond Sutra says there is no Buddha and the Buddha said that he had never spoken even a single word.”



What can be found fault with is neither the Buddha nor the Sutras.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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