Friday, 27 April 2018


211. There is a saying that to the wise one word is enough. Zen would go even further. And so it treasures the story that tells of a non-Buddhist philosopher who approached the Buddha and said, 'I do not ask for words, I do not ask for non-words'. The Buddha just sat there. The philosopher was greatly impressed, thanked the Buddha for freeing him from his illusions, payed his respects, and left. But Ananda, the Buddha's personal assistant, was puzzled and asked the Buddha what it was that the philosopher had understood. Significantly, the Buddha did not tell him but only remarked that a fine horse runs even at the shadow of the whip. 

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