Master Sooyu’s stake

Master Sooyu said to an assembly, “You should not drive a stake into the air.” Then, a monastic named Younghau, standing up in the assembly, responded, “The air is no other than a stake.”

Student: “If the air is a stake just as the monastic said, what is the stake?”

Master: “It’s a stake, too.”

Student: “What is not a stake?”

Master: “I don’t know.”


A stake is not a stake until you name it a stake.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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