Zen

The Buddha’s silence

When a heretic asked the Buddha, “Are all things permanent?”, the Buddha remained silent. The heretic said again, “Are all things impermanent?” The Buddha continued to remain silent. Then, the heretic said to the Buddha, “Why don’t you answer my question while you are equipped with the wisdom to know everything?” The Buddha answered, “Because all your questions are just wordplay.”

Student: “Why did the Buddha refuse to answer the heretic’s questions, regarding them as wordplay?”

Master: “Because you play upon words.”

Commentary:

The best food can be poison when it is not digested well. 

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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