Jinfeng was once greeted by a monastic. Jinfeng grabbed the monastic and said, “The way of going beyond is not easy to attain.”
The monastic gestured to listen. Jinfeng then slapped him.
The monastic said, “Why did you slap me?”
Jinfeng said, “I want to have this koan practised.”
Student: “Why did Jinfeng say that his slapping was a koan to be practised?”
Master: “Because you have not gone beyond.”
The way of going beyond is not to trip over a shadow on level ground.
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