One day when P'ang layman (740-808)was selling bamboo baskets at the market place of Hung-chou. Seeing a monk begging alms, he took out a cash and said:
-Can you tell me how to appreciate alms?
The monk had nothing to say.
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?