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« on: December 07, 2008, 03:22:29 PM »
Yamaoka Tesshu, a young student of Zen, visited one master after
another.  Finally he met Dokuon of Shokoku.

Desiring to show his wisdom and attainment, he told the Master:
The mind, the Buddha, all sentient beings, after all do not exist.
The true nature of phenomena is Void, emptiness. There is no
realiztion, no delusion, no sage, no disciple, no intellect, no mediocrity.
There is no going, and nothing to be received!

Dokuon, who was smoking a pipe quietly said nothing.  Suddenly he
whacked Yamaoka with a bamboo stick, which was at his side.
This made the student quite angry.

"If nothing exists," Dokuon, enquired: "Where did this anger come from?"

(Source: Zen Flesh and Zen Bones. Paul Reps. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.