Zen

Jinfeng’s ‘Frost on Top of Snow’

Jinfeng said to a monastic who stood beside him, “I will give you a koan. First of all, you should not be confused by it.”

The monastic said, “Master, please give it to me.”

Jinfeng held up his whisk.

The monastic was silent for a while.

Jinfeng said, “I know that you are confused.”

The monastic looked toward the east, then the west.

Jinfeng said, “You have added frost on top of snow.”

Student: “Why was the monastic silent for a while when Jinfeng held up his whisk?”

Master: “Because you are deaf,”

Student: “Why did Jinfeng say that the monastic was confused?”

Master: “Because you are confused.”

Student: “Why did the monastic look toward the east, then the west?”

Master: “Because you are blind.”

Student: “Why did Jinfeng say that the monastic had added frost on top of snow?”

Master: “Because you have added frost on top of snow.”

Commentary:

Don’t think that what is precious is rare. It is too common for your eyes and ears to avoid.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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