The Short Staff

Shuzan held out his short staff and said, "If you call this a short staff, you oppose its reality. If you do not call it a short staff, you ignore the fact. Now what do you wish to call this?"

If the student calls it a short staff, he attaches to its name; if he doesn't call it a short staff, he ignores its reality. He can neither assert nor deny. Only when he falls to the very bottom of contradiction and utter confusion will he enlighten himself. "What is this?" Shuzan demands. It just is. Don't talk about it; experience it.


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