The Buddha’s Secret Remark

An official, bringing some offering to Master Woongoh, asked him, “They say that the Buddha transmitted a secret remark to his first student Mahakasyapa, who didn’t conceal it. What is it?” The master called him by his official title and he answered, “Yes.” The master asked, “Do you know?” The official answered, “No, it doesn’t make any sense to me.” The master said, “If you don’t know, it is a secret remark, but if you know, it is what Mahakasyapa didn’t hide.”

Student: “What is the secret remark?”

Master: “You are speaking it.”

Student: “What is it that Mahakasyapa didn’t hide?”

Master: “You are revealing it.”


The true-Self is impossible to hide even from the blind and the deaf.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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