Zen

Baizhang’s “No Means of Livelihood”

Baizhang was asked by Yunyan, “Master, you work on details all day.  Who are you doing it for?”

Baizhang said, “There may be someone who requires it.”

Yunyan said, “Why don’t you let that person take care of it?”

Baizhang said, “Because that person may not have the means of making a livelihood.”

Student: “Who is the person that doesn’t have the means of making a livelihood?”

Master: “The Buddha and all Bodhisattvas are also his servants?”

Commentary:

A king never harvests crops nor cooks food in person.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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