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Zen koan in Mumonkan (Gateless Gate)
while browsing internet, i came across the below koan in Mumonkan (Gateless Gate) case 13 :
Deshan went to the dining room from the meditation hall holding his bowl. Xuefeng was on duty cooking. When he met Deshan he said: "The dinner drum is not yet beaten. Where are you going with your bowl?"
Deshan turned around and went back to his room.
Xuefeng told Yantou about this. Yantou said: "Old Deshan does not understand the last word of the truth."
Deshan heard of this remark and asked Yantou to come to him. "I have heard," he said, "you are not approving my Zen." Yantou whispered something into Deshan’s ear. Deshan said nothing.
The next day Deshan delivered an entirely different kind of lecture to the monks. Yantou laughed and clapped his hands, saying, "I see our old man finally understands the last word of the truth. None in China can surpass him."
can someone explain this koan, please. thanks in advance.