Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Yaoshan Weiyan [W-G: Yuen-shan Wei-yen / J: Yakusan Igen]



         
       One day after Yaoshan Weiyan had been seated in meditation for a long while, a monk asked him what he did during zazen: “What is it that you think of while you sit there as still as a mountain?”
                “I think of not-thinking,” Weiyen replied.
                “How can you think of not-thinking?” the bewildered monk persisted.
                “It isn’t thought.”

[Yaoshan Weiyan – Zen Masters of China: 110-16]

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