One day, when Master Joshu was staying in his room, a monastic cried outside, “Sir, I am here.” Joshu said to his attendant monk, “You let him know that I want him to go.” As soon as the attendant monk did to the monastic as he was told, the monastic offered a bow and went away. Then, Joshu said, “The monastic walked in the door, but the attendant monk is still out of the door.”
Student: “Why did Joshu say that the monastic was in the door although he didn’t come in the room?”
Master: “Because he could clearly see Joshu through what was conveyed by the attendant monk.”
Student: “Why did Joshu say that the attendant monk was still out of the door although he was with the master all the time?”
Master: “Because you are still out of the door.”
Praise is not different from blame and a prize is not different from punishment.
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