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« on: December 24, 2008, 11:36:57 AM »
Many pupils were studying meditation under the Zen Master, Sengai.
The Zen Master was strict in not allowing the pupils to go outside at
night.  One of them used to arise at night, climb over the temple wall,
and go to the town on a pleasure jaunt.  Sengai, inspecting the dormitory
quarters found this pupil missting one night.  He also discovered the
high stool he had used to scale the wall!  Sengai removed the stool and
stood there in its place. 

When the wanderer arrived, not knowing that Sengai was the stool,
put his feet on the Master's head and jumped down into the grounds.
Discovering what he had done, he was aghast.

Sengai then said:  It is very chilly morning.  Please be careful not to
catch cold.

The pupil never went out at night again.

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

Arunachala Siva.