The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Seven: The Principle of the Nature


While he was at Pongnae Hermitage, the Founding Master asked Mun Chŏnggyu, “Can you make the portrait of Bodhidharma that is hanging on the wall walk?” Chŏnggyu replied, “I certainly can.” The Founding Master said, “Then, let’s see him walk.” Chŏnggyu stood right up and took some steps himself. The Founding Master said, “That is Chŏnggyu walking. How can you claim that you made Bodhidharma’s portrait walk?” Chŏnggyu replied, “A wild goose approaching from the east flies off toward the south.”