The Bridge of No Walls

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 06/28/2020

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 52: “Zhaozhou let’s asses cross, let’s horses cross”

A monk asked Zhaozhou, “For a long time I’ve heard of the stone bridge of Zhaozhou, but now that I’ve come here I just see a simple log bridge.” Zhaozhou said, “You just see the log bridge; you don’t see the stone bridge.” The monk said, “What is the stone bridge?” Zhaozhou said, “It lets asses cross, it lets horses cross.”


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