One day Jinfeng held up a pillow and said, “People call this a pillow. I say it is not a pillow.”
A monastic said, “Master, what do you call it?”
Jinfeng held up the pillow.
The monastic said, “If so, I will practise accordingly.”
Jinfeng said, “What do you call it?”
The monastic said, “A pillow.”
Jinfeng said, “You have fallen into my pit.”
Student: “How would you have responded if you had been in the monastic’s shoes?”
Master: “I would have snatched the pillow from the master and hit him with it.”
Student: “Why did the master say that the monastic had fallen into his pit?”
Master: “Because you have fallen into his pit.”
He who is addicted to staying in a pit is prone to forget his situation.
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