When a monastic asked Joshu, “How is it when I have brought nothing?”, Joshu answered, “Put it down.” The monastic said, “What should I put down when I have brought nothing?” Joshu responded, “Take a close look at what you cannot put down.”
Student: “What did Joshu tell the monastic to put down?”
Master: “That is what you should put down as well.”
Nothing is not nothing any more the moment you speak of it.
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