When Dongshan was not feeling well, a monastic said, “Master, you are not feeling well. Is there anyone who doesn’t get sick?” Dongshan said, “Yes, there is.” The monastic said, “Does the person who doesn’t get sick take care of you?” Dongshan said, “I have the opportunity to take care of the person.” The monastic said, “What happens when you take care of that person?” Dongshan said, “At that time, I don’t see the sickness.”
Student: “Who is the person who doesn’t get sick?”
Master: “I don’t feel well.”
Student: “Dongshan said that when taking care of the person who doesn’t get sick, he didn’t see the sickness. Why don’t you take care of him as well in order not to see the sickness?”
Master: “Because I am busy taking care of a stupid fellow now.”
When a master takes care of the person who doesn’t get sick, he doesn’t see not only the sickness but also his student.
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