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,
and that the teacher will never appear.
But the path you seek to find
with a teacher is all around you,
that there is not 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 (Blue Cliff Record)

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