One day Zen master Tansheng of Mount Yunyan was sweeping the ground. His dharma brother Daowu asked, “Working hard?”
Yunyan said, “What is not working hard?”
Daowu said, “Then is there a second moon?”
Yunyan held up the broom and said, “Which moon is this?”
Daowu walked away without saying a word.
Student: “What is a second moon?”
Master: “Who is asking this question?”
Student: “I am.”
Master: “Who is not asking this question?”
Student: “I don’t know.”
Master: “How can you say that you are asking this question whilst not knowing who is not asking this question?”
It is servants that are doing the chores.
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