HUANG PO’S GOBBLERS OF DREGS

You have heard that when
the student is ready the teacher appears,
and you believe you are ready,
but no teacher has appeared.
I can tell you
that you are ready,
that you will never be ready,
that I am not the teacher,
that the teacher is here,
that the teacher will never appear.
The path you seek to find
with a teacher
is all around you,
there is no path to find.
If I give you a small bowl and you
stand by a lake of fresh water
just how much water
can you hope to drink?


A reflection on case 11 of the Hekiganroku

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