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  One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters,
has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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A GLASS OF WINE
When the Rhine wine was pouring from the bottle into the glass.

It was neither the same nor different.
The first sip was swallowed and it hit
The tongue-tip with the bitterness.
The second one dipped the throat with a little sweet.
And the third one reached the stomach with a little burn.
Three of them were neither real nor unreal,
Why did they make drinkers drunkards?

ChonTri


 



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