Yuezhou’s ‘Path to Nirvana’

Yuezhou Qianfeng was once asked by a monastic, “Bodhisattvas in the ten directions have one path to the gate of Nirvana. I wonder, what is the path?” Yuezhou drew a line with his staff and said, “It’s right here.”

Student: “Yuezhou, drawing a line with his staff, said, ‘It’s right here’. Where is the ‘here’ he meant?”

Master: “Here.”

Student: “I don’t understand.”

Master: “There.”


Don’t make the mistake of failing to recognise where you are because your eyes are blocked by the word ‘here’.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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