Suldoo’s bead (2)

Master Suldoo said, “A guest came to see me from far away and gave me a bead with a one-inch diameter, which has four words in the centre of it. There is no one who can read them.”

Student: “What words are there in the bead?”

Master: “Everything is an illusion.”

Student: “So easy. Why can’t people read such easy words?”

Master: “What did you hear me read?”

Student: “Everything is an illusion.”

Master: “You misheard. I didn’t read it that way.”

Student: “What did you read?”

Master: “I read, ‘You should listen carefully’.”


What is the difference between ‘Everything is an illusion’ and ‘You should listen carefully’?

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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