“What have you done!” the priest exclaimed in outrage. “This is sacrilege! Have you no respect for the Holy Buddha?”
Without answering the priest, Tianran began to poke about in the embers with a stick.
“And now what are you doing?” the priest demanded.
“I’m searching the ashes for the relics, the Buddha’s bones.”
“You’re a madman!” the priest exclaimed. “What bones or relics would you find from a wooden Buddha!”
“In that case,” Tianran said, “could I have another of those Buddhas there for my fire?”
[Tanxia Tianran – Zen Masters of China: 103-05]