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  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?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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MAN OF WISDOM DOES NOT REALIZE TAO
One day a monk paid a visit to Tinh Khong (1091-1170), a Vietnamese Zen master,
who was of the tenth generation of Vo Ngon Thong lineage, and asked:
-From old days it was talked about "direct pointing", what does that mean?
The master replied:
-One goes to the farm and harvests everyday, but the storage is always empty.
-I do not understand.
-The sun and the moon are ever bright, but clouds arise and cover.
Then the master gave this verse:
"A man of wisdom did not realize Tao.
A man of delusion realized Tao.
One who is sleeping soundly
does not know what is fale or what is true."


 



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