18: Do not discriminate between coarse and fine

不見精麁     Do not discriminate between coarse and fine

寧有偏黨     And you will not be pleased or displeased

 

Course and refined:

A lecturer-monk had come to see Kuei-Tsung (an heir of Ma-tsu) and found him chopping weeds. As the master was chopping with his hoe, a snake suddenly appeared. He immediately killed it with a chop of his hoe.

The lecturer said, “I have long heard of Kuei-Tsung, but now that I’ve come here, I find he’s actually a coarse monk.”

Kuei-Tsung said, “Is it you or I who is coarse?”

The lecturer said, “What is rude and coarse?” Kuei-Tsung held the hoe upright.

“What is subtle and fine?” Kuei-Tsung made the motion of chopping.

The lecturer said, “Then you act according to it.”

Kuei-Tsung said, “Leaving aside ‘acting according to it’ for a minute, where did you see me cutting the snake?”

The lecturer could not respond.

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