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?
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?