Zen

Families Use It Daily (2)

Master Chen asked a scholar who studied the Buddhist Sutras, “In a Sutra it is said, ‘Families use it daily and yet do not understand it.’ What is it that they do not understand?” The scholar said, “They do not understand the Way.” Chen said, “How do you understand the Way?” The scholar couldn’t respond.

Student: “What is it that we don’t understand while using it daily?”

Master: “The scholar called it the Way.”

Student: “However, he didn’t understand the Way.”

Master: “He was using it even when he didn’t understand the Way.”

Commentary:

Using it has nothing to do with understanding it or not.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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