There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.
To find out, she...
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
Nansen, growing old, had no shame. 纔開臭口、家醜外揚。
Just opening his stinking mouth, he let slip the family secrets. 然雖如是、知恩者少。
Yet there are very few who are grateful for his kindness.
The sky clears, the sun shines bright,
The rain comes, the earth gets wet.
He opens his heart and expounds the whole secret,
But I fear he is little appreciated.