Shishuang's Hundred-Foot Pole (GG46)(BS79)

KOAN:

Shishuang said, “How do you step from the top of the hundred-foot pole?”

Changsha said, “You who sit on the top of a hundred-foot pole,
although you have entered the Way, it is not yet genuine.
Take a step from the hundred-foot pole
and the worlds of the Ten Directions are your total body.

Excerpt from a Verse:
The peach trees, without words, make a path.

—Gateless Gate, Case 46 & Book of Serenity, Case 79

Misc December 17, 2017

One Hundred Foot Pole

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill, “One Hundred Foot Pole,” 2008. Acrylic and silver leaf on wood box, 4″ x 8″ x 12″.