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."
WHO IS THE ONE WHO DOES NOT KNOW?
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. P'ang layman said: -Ask me and I will tell you. The monk asked: -What is it to appreciate alms? P'ang layman replied: -Man seldom hears it. Then he asked the monk: -Do you understand? The monk said: -I do not understand. P'ang layman asked: -Who is the one who does not understand?
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