Two Buddhists Quote a Sufi Telling a Hindu Story to Explain Zen

Zen Flesh Zen Bones





Okay, maybe one Buddhist and a spiritual pilgrim deeply sympathetic to Zen.

In Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps little charmer, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, near the end they address the question “What is Zen?”

They say one answer would be:

Inayat Khan tells a Hindu story of a fish who went to a queen fish and asked: “I have always heard about the sea, but what is this sea? Where is it?

The queen fish explained: “You live, move, and have your being in the sea. The sea is within you and without you, and you are made of sea, and you will end in sea. The sea surrounds you as your own being.”

Okay, they give a second answer, as well. A bit too cute for my current tastes. But, then, you know, maybe just what the doctor ordered.

That explanation is this:


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