Zen

The Buddha’s two feet

On the seventh day after the Buddha’s death Mahakasyapa arrived back late and circled around the coffin three times. Then, the Buddha revealed his two feet out of the coffin, and Mahakasyapa offered bows. People around were bewildered.

Student: “How was it possible for a dead body to stick its feet out of the coffin?”

Master: “A dead body cannot do it, but the Buddha can.”

Commentary:

The Buddha is not the Buddha, but the Buddha is the Buddha.

The Buddha cannot do it, but the Buddha can do it.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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