A Heretic’s Question

A heretic asked the Buddha, “What dharma did you say yesterday?” The Buddha answered, “I said fixed dharma yesterday.” The heretic said, “What dharma did you say today?” The Buddha said, “I said unfixed dharma today.” The heretic said, “You preached fixed dharma yesterday. Why did you preach unfixed dharma today?” The Buddha said, “Yesterday I said fixed dharma and unfixed dharma today.”

Student: “What is the fixed dharma?”

Master: “Everything is empty.”

Student: “What is the unfixed dharma?”

Master: “Everything is empty.”


Unfixed dharma is to fixed dharma as salt is to sea water.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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