Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in
Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, a tremendous
CHAO-CHOU ASKED FOR THE DIRECTION
When a monk was traveling on the road, he met an old woman, and asked: -I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction? The old waman replied: -Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn. When the monk met Chao-chou, he said: On the road comming here, I met an old woman, it seemed that she understood Ch'an very well. Chao-chou said: -Let me see the old woman and test her for you. Chao-chou then went to see the old woman. When he met her, he asked: -I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction? She replied: -Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn. When Chao-chou was back to his place, he said to the monk: -The old woman did not know at all. It was that Chao-chou stood right in front of her, wasn't it?
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