Hammer Dharma

 


 

 

A novice monk had been performing manual labor for quite some time. Not realizing the essence of Zen practice, he became weary of the work. When he encountered the Master, he knelt and asked respectfully, “Shifu, what is the Buddha Dharma?”

Picking up a hammer and a chisel, the Master struck the wall, saying, “This is Buddha Dharma.”

 

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