Zen

Ananda’s peculiar thing (2)

One day Ananda said to the Buddha, “Sir, when I went to the castle today, I saw a peculiar thing.” The Buddha said, “What peculiar thing did you see?” Ananda said, “When I entered the castle, I saw a group of people dancing, but I didn’t see them dancing at all when I came out of the castle.” The Buddha said, “I also saw an unusual thing when I entered the castle yesterday.”  Ananda asked, “What unusual thing did you see?” The Buddha answered, “When I entered the castle, I saw a group of people dancing, and I saw them still dancing when I left the castle.”

Student: “What were the peculiar things that the Buddha and Ananda saw?”

Master: “Why don’t you see the peculiar thing now?”

Student: “I don’t see anything peculiar now.”

Master: “I am seeing it now, but you are not although we are together in the same place at the same time. How peculiar it is!”

Commentary:

The one peculiar thing you see is more important than thousands of peculiar things that the Buddha and Ananda saw.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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