Joshu’s pitch-black lacquered bowl

A monastic asked Joshu, “How is it when two masters meet each other?” Joshu answered, “They offer a pitch- black lacquered bowl to each other.”

Student: “What is the pitch-black lacquered bowl two masters offer to each other.”

Master: “Nothing is as valuable as it.”

Student: “What is it like?”

Master: “Don’t break it.”


The pitch-black lacquered bowl is not valuable any more once you’ve attained it.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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