Zen

Namjun’s ‘Tiger’

When Namjun was travelling on foot with Quijong and Samsan, they happened to see a tiger in the mountains. Later, Namjun said to Quijong, “What was the tiger like?” Quijong said, “It was like a cat.” Quijong in turn asked Samsan the same question. Samsan answered, “It was like a dog.” Then, Quijong asked Namjun the same question. Namjun said, “It was a tiger to me.”

Student: “Although the three of them had seen the same thing, each of them made a different comment about it as if they had seen different things. Who was right and who was wrong?”

Master: “None of them were wrong, but you are wrong.”

Commentary:

Changing the name of a thing doesn’t change the essence of it.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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