Why is it that a man of strength cannot lift his own legs and stand up?
Shogen said, “Why is it that a man of strength cannot lift his own legs and stand up?” And again, “It is not with our tongue that we speak.”
Student: “Why can’t a man of strength lift his own legs and stand up?”
Master: “Because he has no legs.”
Student: “What do we speak with if not speaking with our tongue?”
Master: “He who has no tongue can say the answer.”
Student: “How can he who has no tongue say the answer?”
Master: “Don’t blame others for your deafness.”
Why don’t you know that the deaf can’t speak because they can’t hear?
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