One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
I HIDE NOTHING FROM YOU
One day Huang Sanku, a Confucian scholar asked Hui-tang Tsu-hsin (1025-1100), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters: -What is the Great meaning of Budhha dharmas? Hui-tang replied: -Confucius once said: "I hide nothing from you." Neither does Zen. Do you understand what this means? Sanku said: -No. I don't. Therefore, Hui-tang said: -Follow me to the back side of this mountain... When they were at the place where some osmanthus flowers were blooming and the fragrance was very sweet. Hui-tang asked: -Do you smell the sweet osmanthus? -Yes, I do. -See, I hide nothing from you, either.
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