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

 

A lecturer-monk had come to see Kuei-tsung, who happened to be chopping weeds. As Kuei-tsung was chopping with his hoe, a snake suddenly appeared: Kuei-tsung 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, he’s actually a crude-acting monk.” Kuei-tsung said, “Is it you or I who is crude?” The lecturer said, “What is crude and coarse?” Kuei-tsung held the hoe upright. The lecturer asked, “What is subtle and fine?” Kuei-tsung made a chopping motion. The lecturer said, “If that is so, 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 had no response.

 

 

 

 

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