When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
IT'S USED EVERYDAY BUT NOT KNOWN
When Gensha Shibi, a Chinese Zen master, and a general were eating cakes together, the general asked: - What is it that's used everyday but not known? The master handed a piece of cake to the general and said: - Eat this piece of cake. The general ate the piece of cake, then repeated the question. The master said: -That's what's used everyday but not known.
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