Isan Summons Two Official Monks

Master Isan sent for the treasurer, but when he appeared, Isan said, "I sent for the treasurer, not you." The treasurer did not know what to say. The Master next sent for the chief monk, but when he came, Isan said, "I sent for the chief monk, not you." The chief monk, also, was dumbfounded.

A Zen Master is always kind, even when he is riding his students, because all his efforts are aimed at inciting progress in Zen. If the treasurer or the chief monk was performing his office with his whole life, either might have struck back at the Master with, "Don't you know, I am the chief monk!" with confidence and pride. But neither said a word. What a pity! They were only occupying their offices.


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