Doksan’s Answers

When a monk asked master Doksan, “Who is the Buddha?”, he answered, “An old man from India.” He responded, “No shitting here” when he was asked what wisdom is by another monk. When yet another monk asked him to explain Zen, Doksan shouted at him, “I have nothing to give you!”

Student: “What did master Doksan mean by ‘an old man from India’?”

Master: “He is as old as everyone.”

Student: “Why did he say, ‘No shitting’?”

Master: “Don’t mistake gold ore for just stone.”

Student: “Why did he say that he had nothing to give the monk?”

Master: “Because it was all he could give.”


All waves are just water, and all winds are just air, irrespective of what they look and sound like.

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