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The Daily Dharma – July 12, 2021

Not Far From Buddhahood

Monochromatic oil painting of a vase with flowers with touches of bright colors of red, orange, yellow and green.
Flowers in a Pot Painting Seamus Berkeley

A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: “Have you ever read the Christian Bible?”

“No, read it to me,” said Gasan.

The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: “And why take ye thought for raiment [i.e., clothing]? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these . . . Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

Gasan said: “Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlighted [person]”

The student continued reading: “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, know and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

Gasan remarked: “That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood.

from 101 Zen Stories
as printed in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones