tisdag 22 februari 2011

Ekayāna


Below we have a very cryptic and paradoxical text. Feel free to dig in!

Two monks, A and B, were arguing about a doctrinal problem; each insisted on his own opinion and rejected the other’s as fallacious. Monk A said, “I am going to see our master and let him arbitrate,” so he entered the chamber of the master who was at that time accompanied by an attendant monk who stood behind him.

“O Master!” cried monk A. “I just had an argument with B. My interpretation of such-and-such passage in a Sutra is this . . . but B had a different interpretation and insists that I am wrong. Please tell me who is right and who is wrong?”

The master said, “You are right!”

Monk B heard about this and rushed to the Master. “Master! How can you say that A is right? According to the authoritative commentary of so-and-so, my interpretation should be right, and his wrong.”

The Master said, “Yes, you are right!”

The attending monk who stood behind the master and saw the whole event could no longer maintain his patience. He proceeded forwatd and whispered to the master, “O Master, you can either say A is right or B is right, but how can you say both of them are right?”

The Master turned his head and looked at the protester, saying, “Yes, you are also right!”


Image: The Sword of Manjushri

2 kommentarer:

  1. It sucks when you try to communicate with a deaf person. Honestly, who the hell made him "master" anyway?! :)

    SvaraRadera
  2. "It sucks when you try to communicate with a deaf person. Honestly, who the hell made him "master" anyway?! :)"

    You are right!

    SvaraRadera