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Zhaozhou Can't Explain (BCR 58)


A student asked Zhaozhou, “You always say, 
‘The greatest way is not difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ 
Hasn’t this become a cliché?”

Zhaozhou said, “You’re not the first person to ask me that.
 The truth is that I haven’t been able to avoid saying it that way.”

Yuanwu comments, “Zhaozhou didn’t use shouts the way some people did.”

—Blue Cliff Record Case 58 (transl. John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland,
titled: Zhaozhou Can Only Say It That Way)