Zen

Guishan’s ‘I Have Already Exhausted Myself for You’

Guishan sat on the teaching seat. A monastic came up and said, “Master, please expound the dharma for the assembly.” Guishan said, “I have already exhausted myself for you.” The monastic bowed.

Student: “Why did Guishan say that he had already exhausted himself for them although he had done nothing other than sitting on the teaching seat?”

Master: “The monastic bowed.”

Student: “I still don’t understand why he bowed, either.”

Master: “Your asking questions is no less good than his bowing.”

Commentary:

Rare and valuable talks are not Dharma talks.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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