Zen

Changsha’s ‘Returning to Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth’

Zen master Changsha was once asked by a monastic, “How do you turn the mountains, rivers, and great earth into your true-Self?” Changsha said, “How do you turn the true-Self into the mountains, rivers, and great earth?”

Student: “How would you answer if you were in Master Changsha’s shoes?”

Master: “There is no true-Self to turn the mountains, rivers, and great earth into.”

Student: “How would you respond if you were the monastic?”

Master: “There are no mountains, no rivers and no great earth to turn the true-Self into.”

Commentary: 

The reason why there is left to turn to is that there is right to turn to.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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