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  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."

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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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