What is perfect?

Two young monks visited a well-known master in order to get his teaching. They asked the master “Sir, what is perfect?” The master replied “Both of you go out of this temple and bring me something within the next half an hour. Then I will show you what is perfect.” One monk quickly returned with a red flower, the other came back later with a stream-worn pebble. They showed the master their offerings and the master observed them, then he said, “One is perfect, the other is imperfect.”

Student: “Which one is perfect?”

Master: “The one who neither moved nor spoke is perfect.”


The ones who move and speak are all the servants of the one who does not.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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