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Yoashan had not given a discourse in the dharma hall for some time. The monastery director said "The assembly has long been waiting to receive teaching from you. Please give a discourse to the assembly, Master."
Yaoshan asked him to sound the han.
The monastics came together. Yaoshan took the high seat, sat there for a while, got down, and went back to the abbot's room.
The monastery director followed him ans asked "Master, you agreed to give a discourse to the assembly. Why didn't you say a word?"
Yaoshan said "Scriptural teachers are for scriptures. Commentary teachers are for commentaries. What do you expect from this old monastic?"
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image © Filippo Partesotti: "ten years to shine a sword" (Indian ink, on gold and canvas)