Longya’s Stone Tortoise (2)

Longya was once asked by a monastic, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India?”

Longya said, “I will tell you when the stone tortoise speaks.”

Student: “Hearing a tortoise speak makes no sense since it never speaks. What did Longya mean?”

Master: “Reading the sutras makes no sense, either because the Buddha said that he had said nothing.”


Hearing the tortoise speak is hearing what the Buddha did not say.

©Boo Ahm

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