July 11, 2019

One day a lay practitioner came to visit a Zen master and asked him, “Do heaven and hell exist?” “Yes” “How about the Buddha, the teaching, and the monastic community, do they exist?” “Yes” He went on to ask many similar questions, and the master always answered with “Yes”. Puzzled, the lay practitioners said, “Master, I am afraid you are wrong.” “Have you met an enlightened teacher?” “Yes, I met master Jingshan.” “What did he say to you?” “He said nothing exists.” So the Zen master asked, “Now do you have a wife?” “Yes, I have.” “Does master Jingshan have a wife?” “No, he has not.” “Well, then it is appropriate for him to say that nothing exists.”