A non-Buddhist in all earnestness asked the World-Honored One, "I do not ask about words, I do not ask about no-words." The World-Honored One just sat still. The non-Buddhist praised him, saying, "The world-Honored One in his benevolence and great mercy has opened the clouds of my delusion and enabled me to enter the Way." Then, bowing, he took his leave. Ananda asked Buddha, "What did the non-Buddhist realize that made him praise you so much?" The World-Honored One replied, "He is just a fine horse that runs even at the shadow of a whip." (Gateless Gate #32; Blue Cliff Record #65)Such earnestness and no asking.
Miles and miles beneath the sun and under the moon
Climbing mountains, crossing rivers, getting lost in the woods:
A long journey for nothing.
White Plains, 2015 Jun