Boxwood Zen

What is Boxwood Zen?

From the Zen koan book ‘Entangling Vines

Case 32 Lan’an’s “Being and Nonbeing”

Yuanwu looked over at Dahui, then turned to Zhao and said, “This
fellow is practicing boxwood Zen.”

The boxwood tree is said to be extremely slow-growing,
and even to shrink during leap years. “Boxwood Zen” often
refers to the Zen of students who, though slow to awaken,
are earnest and unswerving in their practice.

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