Ta-mei Fa-chang (752-839) was a Chinese Ch'an master. After he got awakened under the Great master Ma-tsu Tao-i (709-788), he went to the Ta-mei mountain and resided there.
One day there was a traveling monk who got lost in the Ta-mei...
WHAT IS NOT BUDDHA DHARMA?
A monk came to say good bye to Ch'an master Niaowo (Bird's Nest). He said: -Thank you, Sir, for everything you've done for me. Now I got to go. Niaowo asked: -Where will you go? -Any place where I can learn Buddha dharmas. -Of Buddha dharmas, I got some. -Where is it? Niaowo pulled a thread out of his cloth sleeve, and asked: -Is this not a Buddha dharma?
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