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  One day, Chang-sha Ching-tsen (d. 868), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an masters,
wandered in the mountain. When he was back just at the gate of the temple, the head monk asked him:
-Where have you been, Sir?
Chang-sha replied:
-I... continue...

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THREE BLOWS OF STICK
Visitor:
Waddya think? Here's a try:
A zen monk approached the roshi of her retreat and asked:
"When sitting I should just sit. When eating I should just eat. What is it that decides to eat?"

What did the teacher reply?

CT:
Three blows of stick.

ChonTri 10/21/03


 



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