Nanquan’s ‘How do you plan to govern the people?’

At the end of a retreat, as governor Lugeng was preparing to leave, Nanquan asked, “Are you returning to your duties?”

“I am,” replied the governor.

“How do you plan to govern the people?” Nanquan enquired.

“With wisdom and compassion,” Lugeng replied.

“In that case, every one of them will suffer,” said Nanquan.

Student: “Why will everyone suffer when the governor rules the people with wisdom and compassion?”

Master: “Because he is deluded by wisdom and compassion.”


He who has wisdom and compassion is aware that there are no people to govern.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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