One day when P'ang layman (740-808)was selling bamboo baskets at the market place of Hung-chou. Seeing a monk begging alms, he took out a cash and said:
-Can you tell me how to appreciate alms?
The monk had nothing to say.
THE MEANING OF THE SUTRAS AND THAT OF THE PATRIARCH
A monk asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chien Paling: -What is the difference between the meaning of the Sutras and that of the Patriarch? The master replied: -When it is cold, hen would go up on a tree and duck down to water.
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