A Book

Zen master Mu-nan said to Shoju, his one successor,

“I am getting old. You will carry on the teaching. Here is a book that has been passed down from master to disciple for seven generations now. I have also added my comments in it.”

“I have received your Zen without writing. I am satisfied.”

“Keep the book as a symbol of having received the lineage of teachings.”

The moment Shoju was given the book, he tossed it into a nearby fire.

“What are you doing?” shouted Mu-nan.

“What are you saying?” shouted back Shoju. 

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