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He then again to Mazu’s position and instructed him approximately this come upon with Shitou. Mazu acknowledged, “Did you notice how tremendous the stack of wooden used to be? ” The monk stated, “It was once immeasurably enormous. ” Mazu acknowledged, “You’re particularly robust. ” The monk acknowledged, “Why do you assert that? ” Mazu stated, “You carried a pile of wooden the entire method right here from Mt. Nanyue. Doesn’t that take loads of energy? ” A monk requested Shitou, “Why did the 1st Ancestor come from the west? ” Shitou acknowledged, “Ask the temple pillar. ” The monk acknowledged, “I don’t comprehend. ” Shitou acknowledged, “I don’t comprehend both. ” Dadian acknowledged, “An historical stated, ‘Speaking and never talking are either slander. ’ I ask the grasp to give an explanation for this. ” Shitou acknowledged, “If there’s now not a unmarried factor, what may well you snatch? ” Shitou additionally acknowledged, “If you're taking away your throat, your mouth, and your lips, might you continue to converse? ” Dadian acknowledged, “There’s not anything left. ” Shitou stated, “If that’s so, then you’ve entered the gate. ” Daowu requested, “What is the nice which means of the Buddhadharma? ” Shitou acknowledged, “Not reaching. no longer understanding. ” Daowu requested, “Is there something past this? ” Shitou stated, “The sky doesn't hinder the white cloud’s flight. ” A monk requested, “What is Zen? ” Shitou acknowledged, “A piece of tile. ” The monk requested, “What is the way in which? ” Shitou acknowledged, “Wood. ” Shitou died in [the 12 months 790]. A stupa used to be erected in Dongling. Emperor De Zong bestowed upon him the posthumous identify “Great instructor with out restrict. ” DANYUAN YINGZHEN DANYUAN YINGZHEN (n. d. ) used to be an attendant and disciple of nationwide instructor Nanyang Huizhong. Yingzhen taught at Danyuan Mountain in Qizhou. he's remembered essentially for his function in tales approximately his recognized instructor. while Zen grasp Yingzhen of Danyuan Mountain in Qizhou served as attendant for nationwide instructor Huizhong, sooner or later the nationwide instructor sat at the meditation platform within the Dharma corridor. while Danyuan got here in, the nationwide instructor placed down one foot. while Danyuan observed this he instantly went out back. After some time he got here again into the corridor. The nationwide instructor stated, “What was once that approximately in the event you got here shortly in the past? ” Danyuan stated, “To whom do you converse of it? ” The nationwide instructor acknowledged, “I am asking you. ” Danyuan acknowledged, “Where did you notice me? ” On one other day Danyuan carried a bamboo basket into the abbot’s room. The nationwide instructor requested, “What are you sporting within the basket? ” Danyuan stated, “Green plums. ” The nationwide instructor acknowledged, “Why did you carry them? ” Danyuan stated, “To supply you help. ” The nationwide instructor acknowledged, “What reliable are they if they’re eco-friendly? ” Danyuan acknowledged, “I simply supply them as an supplying. ” The nationwide instructor stated, “Buddha doesn’t settle for aid. ” Danyuan stated, “When I do anything like this, why do you act during this demeanour? ” The nationwide instructor stated, “I don’t supply help. ” Danyuan acknowledged, “Why no longer? ” The nationwide instructor acknowledged, “I don’t have any fruit. ” Mayu requested Danyuan, “Is the twelve-faced Kwan Yin holy or no longer? ” Danyuan stated, “Yes. ” Mayu then slapped Danyuan’s ears. Danyuan stated, “I didn’t think that you’d reached this country.