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  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."

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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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