Shuilao’s Enlightenment

Shuilao asked Mazu, “What is the exact meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India?”

Mazu pushed him so hard that he knocked him over.

Shuilao had immediate realisation. He got up, clapped his hands, and said in laughter, “Marvellous, marvellous. Hundreds and thousands of samadhis, the boundless and wonderful meanings are all on the tip of a single hair.  I have understood the fundamental source all at once.” Then he made a bow and left.

Student: “What is the fundamental source Shuilao understood?”

Master: “It cannot be knocked over.”

Student: “What is it?”

Master: “Shall I push you?”


There is not even a single hair that is not revealing the true-Self.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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