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Ghosts Howl & Spirits Wail (BCR 59)

KOAN:

If you pour water into water,
it doesn’t get wetter;
wind blowing cannot enter.
The tiger prowls, the dragon walks,
ghosts howl, the spirits wail.

—Xuedou’s Verse in Blue Cliff Record Case 59 (transl. John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)