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.