Zen

Joshu’s ‘The true-Self never collapses when the universe collapses’

Master Joshu said, “The true-Self was before the universe came into being. The true-Self never collapses when the universe does.” Then, a monastic asked, “What is the true-Self?” Joshu answered, “Our bodies.” The monastic said, “They are also things that collapse with time. What is the true-Self?” Joshu said, “Our bodies.”

Student: “Why did Joshu say that our bodies which collapse are the true-Self that never collapses?”

Master: “Because although he showed what never collapses, you make it collapse.”

Commentary:

What collapses is one with what never collapses.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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