Zen

Josan’s ‘Buddha’

A monastic said to Master Josan, “How is it before the Buddha comes out into this world?” Josan answered, “I am not as good as Him.” The monastic asked again, “How is it after He comes out into this world?” Josan said, “He is not as good as I am.”

Student: “Why is the Buddha better than Master Josan before the Buddha comes out into this world?”

Master: “Because the monastic doesn’t know the Buddha.”

Student: “Why is the Buddha not as good as Master Josan after the Buddha comes out into this world?”

Master: “Because the monastic recognises the Buddha.”

Commentary:

Worshipping the Buddha is despising oneself.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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