Zen

What is there on the other side of the table?

A master, pointing to the tea table in the room, said to his assistant monk, “Bring the tea table.” The monk brought it to him as he was told to. The master told him to put it back where it had been, and he put it back. Then, the master asked him, “What is there on the other side of the table?” and the monk replied, “Nothing is there.” The master asked again, “What is there on this side of the table?” and the monk answered, “Nothing is there.”

Student: “What is there on either side of the table?”

Master: “Table.”

Commentary:

Seeing the edgeless table is to see the true-Self.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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