The one who is not busy

One day a master, seeing a monastic who was engaged in managing the temple, said, “How are you getting along these days?” The monastic answered, “I am as busy as a bee.” Then, the master said, “You should know that there is one who is not busy at all with you all the time.”

Student: “Who is the one that is not busy?”

Master: “He was not born from a woman.”

Student: “Where is he?”

Master: “Where is he?”

Student: “I asked where he is. Why do you ask me back where he is instead of answering my question?”

Master: “Why don’t you understand my answer while you answer my question perfectly?”


You are looking for an ox while riding it. Stop looking for the ox you are looking for and bring forth the ox you are riding.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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