A Philosopher Asks Buddha
A philosopher asked Buddha: `Without words, without the wordless, will
you you tell me truth?'
The Buddha kept silence.
The philosopher bowed and thanked the Buddha, saying: `With your
loving kindness I have cleared away my delusions and entered the
After the philosopher had gone, Ananda asked the Buddha what he
The Buddha replied, `A good horse runs even at the shadow of the
Mumon's Comment: Ananda was the disciple of the Buddha. Even so, his opinion did not
surpass that of outsiders. I want to ask you monks: How much
difference is there between disciples and outsiders?
To tread the sharp edge of a sword
To run on smooth-frozen ice,
One needs no footsteps to follow.
Walk over the cliffs with hands free.
A Zen koan from the classic collection The Gateless Gate.
Original transcription by Ben Walter and Adam Fuller of