Shilou’s Shortcomings

Shilou was once asked by a monastic, “I don’t know the original nature yet. Master, please show me by skilful means.” Shilou said, “I have no ears to hear you.” The monastic said, “I know I have shortcomings.” Shilou said, “This old monastic has faults too.” The monastic said, “What are your faults?” Shilou said, “My fault lies in your shortcomings.” The monastic bowed. Shilou hit him.

Student: “What are their shortcomings?”

Master: “They are your shortcomings.”

Student: “What is my shortcoming?”

Master: “Taking their shortcomings for shortcomings is your shortcoming.”


See and hear things as non-things and you will see the Buddha.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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