Sunday, 11 August 2019


358. In Case 32 of the Mumonkan, a non-Buddhist philosopher questions the Buddha. When the Buddha responds to the question that is phrased as a non-question and the philosopher understands, a close disciple of the Buddha is deeply puzzled. So perhaps the most interesting thing about this koan is that the non-Buddhist not only attains understanding but also has his understanding affirmed and praised by the Buddha, while the Buddhist disciple remains in his ignorance. Some important questions must follow from this. 

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