Zen

‘I don’t know what the Buddha is’

A student asked his master “What is the Buddha?” The master replied that he did not know. The student asked, “If you do not know this then what do you know?” The master replied, “I do not know what the Buddha is, but I know the flower in the garden.”

Student: “What did the master mean by this?”

Master: “He made a kind and detailed answer.”

Student: “Why did the master say that he didn’t know?”

Master: “Because you drink only water and leave milk alone.”

Commentary:

Do not mistake a large cheque that can change your life for a piece of toilet paper.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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