Rinzai’s “host and guest”

One day a monastic asked Rinzai, “When two monks shout ‘Katsu’ to each other, is there a host and a guest?” Rinzai said, “Very clear.” The monastic said, “Which is a host, and which is a guest?” Rinzai answered, “Why don’t you go and ask the two monastics in person?”


Student: “Why did Rinzai tell the monastic to go and ask the two monastics instead of giving an answer?”

Master: “Because it was the best he could do.”




A host and a guest cannot be separated even with the sharpest axe.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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