zenguide.com random_koan - zen buddhism principles, practice, discussion forum, books and directory http://zenguide.com/ random_koan syndicated from zenguide.com en-us Copyright - forever - zenguide.com Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:15:34 EDT zenguide.com http://zenguide.com/images/zen_guide_dot_com_logo_small.gif http://zenguide.com Chao-chou Asked for the Direction When a monk was traveling on the road, he met an old woman, and asked:<br> -I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction?<br> The old waman replied:<br> -Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn.<br> When the monk met Chao-chou, he said:<br> On the road comming here, I met an old woman, it seemed that she understood Ch'an very well.<br> Chao-chou said:<br> -Let me see the old woman and test her for you.<br> Chao-chou then went to see the old woman. When he met her, he asked:<br> -I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction?<br> She replied:<br> -Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn.<br> When Chao-chou was back to his place, he said to the monk:<br> -The old woman did not know at all. It was that Chao-chou stood right in front of her, wasn't it? http://zenguide.com/zenmedia/index.cfm?id=286 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:15:34 EDT