A monastic bid farewell to Guizong. Guizong said to him, “Where are you going?” The monastic said, “I am going to many places to study the five-flavour Zen.” Guizong said, “There is one-flavour Zen in my place.” The monastic said, “What is your one-flavour Zen?” Guizong hit him.
Student: “What is the difference between the five-flavour Zen and one-flavour Zen?”
Master: “The five-flavour Zen is from one-flavour Zen.”
Student: “What is one-flavour Zen?”
Master: “Ten-flavour Zen.”
Student: “How can I tell them apart?”
Master: “Chew well what is in your mouth now.”
One is many and many are one.
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