Q. When does the spruce attain enlightenment?

A. A monk asked Master Joshu, “Does the spruce in the garden have the true-Self?” Joshu said, “Yes, it does.” The monk said, “When does it attain enlightenment?” Joshu said, “It does when the sky collapses.” The monk asked, “When does the sky collapse?” Joshu answered, “It does when the spruce attains enlightenment.”

Student: “According to these words, the two things happen at the same time. When do they happen?”

Master: “They did just a moment ago.”

Student: “Why didn’t I see them happen?”

Master: “You are to blame.”


Even the Buddha is not enlightened unless you are enlightened.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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