Q. Which has it, and which hasn’t it?

Q. Which has it, and which hasn’t it?

Hogen of Seiryo came to the hall to speak to the monks before the midday meal. He pointed with his finger to the bamboo blinds. At this moment two monks rose and rolled the blinds up. Hogen observed, “One has it, the other hasn’t it.”

Student: “Which has it, and which hasn’t it?”
Master: “You have it.”

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Commentary:
The master doesn’t have it, but the student has it.
What on earth is it?
If you don’t know what the student has, it’s because you also have what the student has.

©Boo Ahm
All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway http://ow.ly/i/wzOEY

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