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?
IT'S USED EVERYDAY BUT NOT KNOWN
When Gensha Shibi, a Chinese Zen master, and a general were eating cakes together, the general asked: - What is it that's used everyday but not known? The master handed a piece of cake to the general and said: - Eat this piece of cake. The general ate the piece of cake, then repeated the question. The master said: -That's what's used everyday but not known.
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