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  One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters,
has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 44. Basho's Staff

四十四 芭蕉拄杖
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芭蕉和尚示衆云、你有拄杖子、我興你 拄杖子。
Basho Osho said to his disciples, "If you have a staff, I will give you a staff.
你 無拄杖子、我奪你 拄杖子。
If you have no staff, I will take it from you."

Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
扶過斷橋水、伴歸無月村。

It helps me wade across a river when the bridge is down. It accompanies me to the village on a moonless night.
若喚作拄杖、入地獄如箭。
If you call it a staff, you will enter hell like an arrow.

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
諸方深與淺
都在掌握中
□天□拄地
隨處振宗風
The depths and shallows of the world
Are all in its grasp.
It supports the heaven and sustains the earth.
Everywhere, it enhances the doctrine.

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