Yantou

‘Three monks, Xuefeng, Qinshan, and Yantou, met in the temple garden. Xuefeng saw a water pail and pointed to it. Qinshan said, “The water is clear, and the moon reflects its image.” “No, no, ”said Xuefeng “it is not water, it is not moon. ” Yantou turned over the pail.’ (The Iron Flute, Case 25) 

Looks like Yantou scored the winner, but really he just didn’t know what to say. Doesn’t Xuefeng know that it’s rude to point? How would you express it?


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