Guishan sat on the teaching seat. A monastic came up and said, “Master, please expound the dharma for the assembly.” Guishan said, “I have already exhausted myself for you.” The monastic bowed.
Student: “Why did Guishan say that he had already exhausted himself for them although he had done nothing other than sitting on the teaching seat?”
Master: “The monastic bowed.”
Student: “I still don’t understand why he bowed, either.”
Master: “Your asking questions is no less good than his bowing.”
Rare and valuable talks are not Dharma talks.
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