Zen

All the universe is in this

When Master Haesan visited Master Tooja, Master Tooja, handing a cup of tea to Haesan, said, “All the universe is in this.” On receiving it, Haesan, pouring the tea out of the cup, asked, “Where is all the universe now?” Master Tooja said, “A cup of tea is wasted.”

Student: “Where is all the universe when the tea is poured out of the cup?”

Master: “Still there?”

Student: “What do you mean by ‘still there’?”

Master: “It can’t be either poured or wasted.”

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Commentary:

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

 

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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