Zen

Guishan’s ‘Why Have You Come Here?’

One day Guishan called the monastery director. The director came, and Guishan said to him, “I called for the monastery director. Why have you come here?” The monastery director did not give a response. Guishan asked the attendant monastic to get the head monastic. The head monastic came, and Guishan said to him, “I called for the head monastic. Why have you come here?” The head monastic did not give a response.

Student: “If you had been the monastery director, what would you have said then?”

Master: “I’d have said, ‘Because the monastic director cannot be separated from me’.”

Student: “How would you have responded to Guishan if you had been in the head monastic’s shoes?”

Master: “I’d have said, ‘The head monastic sent me because he cannot move’.”

Commentary:

Seeing and hearing the straight amid the curved is seeing the Buddha.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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