Daejoo’s ‘What sutra do you teach?’

Master Daejoo said to a sutra master, “What sutra do you teach?” The sutra master answered, “I teach the Diamond Sutra.” Then, Daejoo said, “Saying that there is something the Buddha preached is finding fault with the Buddha, but saying that the sutra was not preached by the Buddha is speaking ill of the sutra. Tell me beyond these two challenges.” The sutra master couldn’t say anything.

Student: “What are the suitable words beyond the two challenges?”

Master: “When the Buddha is, his words are, but when he is not, his words are not.”


Calamity begins when one breaks into many.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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