For the background on this koan, see the excellent article by Ruben L. F. Habito Subverting Words: Impasse and Breakthrough in Zen Koan Practice.
Miyamoto Musashi inspired Daruma
10 1/2″ W x 12 1/2″ H
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase
Emperor Wu of Liang asked the great master Bodhidharma, “What is the first principle of the holy teaching?”
Bodhidharma said, “Vast emptiness, nothing holy.”