Monday, 1 February 2016

Zhaozhou Congshen [W-G: Chao-chou Ts’ung-shen / J: Joshu Jushin]

                When a monk asked Zhaozhou, “Why did Bodhidharma come from the west?” Zhaozhou said, “The cypress tree in the garden.” 
                “Don’t talk to me of things of the external world,” the monk complained.            
“I didn’t,” Zhaozhou told him.
                “Then tell me, why did Bodhidharma come east?”
                “The cypress tree in the garden.”

[Zhaozhou Congshen – Zen Masters of China: 178-88]

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