One day a monk paid a visit to Tinh Khong (1091-1170), a Vietnamese Zen master, who was of the tenth generation of Vo Ngon Thong lineage, and asked:
-From old days it was talked about "direct pointing", what does that mean?
四十五 他是阿誰 | hide chinese .
show chinese | 東山演師祖曰、釋迦彌勒猶是他奴。
Hoen of Tozan said, "Even Shakya and Maitreya are servants of another. 且道、他是阿誰。
I want to ask you, who is he?"
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
If you can really see this "another" with perfect clarity, it is like encountering your own father at a crossroads. Why should you ask whether you recognize him or not?