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Koan

A monk said to Zhaozhou, “I have just entered the Zen community and I request you to instruct me, Master.”
Zhaozhou said, “Have you eaten yet?”
The monk said, “I have.”
Zhaozhou said, “Then go wash your bowl.”

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Koan

Yangshan dreamt that he went to Maitreya Buddha’s house and occupied the third seat in the assembly. A venerable one pounded the gavel and said, “Today the one in the third seat will expound the Dharma.”
Yangshan stood, pounded the gavel, and said, “The Dharma of the Great Vehicle is beyond all the permutations of affirmation and denial. Listen carefully!”
–Quoted in Cleary, Meditating with Koans

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Koan

Fayan pointed to a screen. Two monks went to roll it up. Fayan said, “One gains, one loses.”
–Quoted in Cleary, Meditating with Koans

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Koan

Wuzu said, “When you meet a person who has consummated the Path, do not answer him with words or silence. With what, then, do you reply?”
–Quoted in Cleary, Meditating with Koans

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Koan

I see the slate is blank.
Now I realize it is upside down.

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