A monk asked, "What was the meaning of Bodhidharma's coming from the west?"
Zhuxian said, "To make you ask."
*J. C. Cleary, Trans. Zen Under the Gun: Zen Masters from Turbulent Times.
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someone or something,
somewhere and somehow,
then a question, curiosity ~
no beginning without ~
the question means
arising of wakefulness ~
no answer ~
seeing, then, the question is before
was the question
like, the lover kisses the Beloved,
eternally, before each kiss
the thought of the kiss-to-be is
the only kiss-is
that question, before the question,
hint of curiosity to know
beginning an infinite journey ~
timeless, boundless, so,
"Where is somewhere to go?"
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