Thursday, 3 March 2016

Xuansha Shibei [W-G: Hsuan-sha Hsi-pei / J: Gensa Shibi]



                A military commander was having tea with Xuansha Shibei and asked, “What is meant by the statement that ‘people don’t know it even when they’re making use of it’?”
                Xuansha offered the commander a rice cake. The commander accepted it, ate it, and then, after a while, put his question a second time.
                “Just that we make use of it every day and yet we fail to recognize it,” Xuansha replied.

[Xuansha Shibei – Zen Masters of China: 258]

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