fugai ekun

Fugai Ekun (1568-1664) - Hotei

In this Hotei is emulating the sixth patriarch of Buddhism in China who, when asked by a nun to recite part of a sutra and explain it to her, he told her that he could not read. She remarked that if he could not read the sutras, how could he understand the teachings?

“Consider,” he said, “the moon as enlightenment.” And saying so he pointed at the moon and continued, “My finger then, represents the sutras. You do not need my finger to see the moon.”