YMJJ Dialogue – January ’74

During the January Yong Maeng Jon Jin, Seung Sahn Soen-sa went for a walk with some of his students. It had been snowing the day before. Soen-sa asked one student, “What color is this snow?”

The student said, “White.”

Soen-sa said, ”You have an attachment to color.”

The student clapped his hands.

Soen-sa said, “Your head is a dragon, but your tail is a snake.”

He then asked another student, “What color is this snow?”

The student said, “You already understand.”

Soen-sa said, “I don’t know.”

The student said, “It’s white.”

Soen-sa said, “Is this the truth?”

The student said, “Aren’t you hungry?”

Soen-sa said, “Soon it will be time for lunch.”

Another student said, ”Go drink some tea.”

Soen-sa said, “I’ve already had some.”

The student hit Soen-sa. Soen-sa said, “Aie! Aie!”

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