Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Simple Way, Part 18

The Simple Way
The Life & Teachings of Zhouzi
by Scott Bradley

A Ch’an master visited the community and spoke with Zhouzi asking, “Master, what is the central message that you teach?”

“Abide some time among us if you will,” answered Zhouzi, “for I teach only what you will see. And I, too, will know the answer when it comes from you.”

Being much taken with what he had already seen, the master agreed to stay. A few weeks later, while they were hoeing side-by-side in the garden, Zhouzi asked him, “So, have you yet discovered what it is I teach?”

The Ch’an master laughed and said, “Not only have you deftly turned my sword, but now I feel its cutting edge! Yet since I must venture to say it, though words can only miss the mark, I will shout it now: All is well!”

“All is well!” shouted Zhouzi.

“All is well!” shouted the Ch’an master.

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1 comment:

  1. I like this. A couple of crazy monks shouting in the garden. Isn't Zen great?

    (Ok, so it's Taoism... but it's really all the same isn't it? Zen story, Taoist story)


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