Zen

Doksan’s ‘What’s your question?’

Once a monk asked master Doksan, “Where have all the Buddhas and patriarchs gone?” Doksan responded, “What’s your question?” The monk said, “I called for a fine racehorse to spring forward, but all that responded was a lame tortoise.” Doksan did not deign to respond to the remark.

Student: “Why did the monk say, ‘I called for a fine racehorse to spring forward, but all that responded was a lame tortoise’?”

Master: “Because you see just a lame tortoise without seeing a fine racehorse.”

Student: “Why didn’t Doksan say anything about the monk’s remark?”

Master: “Because you cannot hear him.”

Commentary:

Words and silence can be cut and broken. You should be able to hear that which cannot be cut and broken.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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