(published September 1962, Wind Bell #10)
The Emperor Wu built many temples, translated many scriptures, and encouraged many men and women to believe in the monastic life. The Emperor thought he would attain Nirvana as a result of these works he considered meritorious.
When Bodhidharma came to the Emperor’s land, the Emperor asked, “What is the Holy reality?”
Bodhidharma answered, “Emptiness, no Holiness.”
The Emperor asked again, “Who are you then?”
Bodhidharma said, “Something intangible (Holy reality).”