Riding the Ox

Riding the Ox

A visiting monk asked a Zen master, “Are you riding the Ox?”

“Those who know don’t speak, those who speak don’t know.”

“Are you not speaking now?” asked the monk.

The zen master rapped him on the head with his closed fan.

“Ouch!”

“Well said!”

“I didn’t say anything!”

The master rapped him again.

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