'Ummon-kan' | Case 16


Ummon asked a monk, “Are you the gardener?” “Yes” replied the monk. “Why have turnips no roots?” Ummon asked the monk, who could not reply. “Because,” said Ummon “rainwater is plentiful.”

Comment: why are turnips plentiful because rainwater has no roots but then why are roots plentiful

this line is too long too short too short to be longer

Note: This may well answer everything and nothing. But why do turnips require explanation at all?

“Rice is in the bowl, water is in the tub, [turnips have no roots,] all’s right with the world.”

Addendum | Blue Cliff Record: “Chen Chou produces big turnips — Everyone knows. Just avoid saying so. Each time it's brought up it's brand new.”