Sunday, 6 May 2018


215. Responding to a monk who had asked him about picking and choosing in the context of the Great Way, Master Joshu said, 'Above the heavens, below the heavens, I alone am the Honoured One'. Such a claim by a mere Zen master is surely outlandish and yet, in the Zen tradition, it is prized as the manifestation of Joshu's enlightened mind. So, what are we to make of it? Will we conclude that Zen is to be classified as solipsism? Or will we find that Joshu's statement serves to point us deep into the mystery of the True Self, the mysterious source of jiriki?    

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