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« on: December 30, 2008, 12:05:37 PM »
Old Lady O-San attained enlightenment while studying with Zen
Master Tetusemon.  Later, when the great master Hakuin came to
her province, O-San went to see him.

To tesst the lady, Hakuin asked her about "the sound of one hand
clapping".  O-San promptly uttered a verse:

Rather than listen
to Hakuin's sound
of one hand clapping,
clap both hands
and do business!

When O-San was in her final illness, she was surrounded by her
children and grand children, who sought some last words from her.
She smiled and intoned a verse:

In this world
Where words do not remain at all,
any more than dew
on the leaves,
Whatever should I say
for posterity?

(Source: Zen antics. Thomas Cleary. Pub. Shambhala, Boston.)

Arunachala Siva.