Yunmen’s “End of the Ninety-Day Training Period”

Yunmen was once asked by a monastic, “If, at the beginning of autumn, after the summer retreat period is over, someone asks me about the future, what shall I say?”

Yunmen said, “The assembly adjourns.”

The monastic said, “What will happen after that?”

Yunmen said, “Pay me for the ninety days of meals.”

Student: “What did Yunmen mean by ‘The assembly adjourns’?”

Master: “He meant the assembly that never adjourns.” 

Student: “What does ‘Pay me for the ninety days of meals’ mean?”

Master: “He who attends the assembly that never adjourns is excused from paying.”


Those who attend an assembly are bound to break up and those who were served meals for ninety days can’t help paying for the meals.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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