Zen

A Lump of Rock

A layman asked Master Namjun, “There is a lump of rock in my house. It sometimes sits and sometimes lies. I am going to sculpt Buddha out of it. Will it be possible?” Master answered, “Possible.” The layman asked again, “Will it be impossible?” Master answered, “Impossible.”

Student: “I also have a lump of rock in my house. How can I make Buddha out of it?”

Master: “Even if you break your chisel and hammer whilst sculpting, you cannot leave even the slightest scratch on it.”

Commentary:

You will damage the Buddha the moment you touch a chisel to it.

©Boo Ahm

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