Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Vegetarian Banquet in the Monastery of Great Compassion
Fuke always used to roam about in the street markets, ringing a bell and shouting: "When it comes in brightness, I hit the brightness. When it approaches in darkness, I hit the darkness. When it comes from the four quarters and eight directions (of space), I hit like a whirlwind, and if it comes out of the empty sky, I thrash it like a flail."
The master made one of his attendants go there, instructing him to grab Fuke while speaking and ask him,"If it does not come in any of these ways, what then?"
Fuke freed himself from the grasp of the attendant and said: "Tomorrow is a vegetarian banquet in the monastery of Great Compassion."
The attendant returned and told the master, who remarked: "I was always intrigued with this fellow." - The Record of Linji
Posted by ALW at 4:33 PM