Yangshan Can’t Say It

One day when Dagui went to the mountains, he saw Yangshan doing sitting meditation under a tree. Dagui tapped Yangshan on the back once with his staff. Yangshan turned his head. Dagui asked, “Can you say a phrase about going beyond Buddhadharma?” Yangshan replied, “Although I cannot say it, I will not depend upon someone else’s mouth.”

Student: “Who was it that Yangshan depended upon when he said, ‘I cannot say’?”

Master: “There is no one who doesn’t depend on him. Even the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do.”

Student: “Who is it?”

Master: “I don’t know his name.”


It is revealing itself naked on bare feet before you all the time.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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