When you meet a master on the road
what are you going to do?
(The Koan-answer is the picture's caption!)
Walk and say: Good morning!
In such a case, if you can answer him intimately, your realization will be beautiful, but if you cannot, you should look about without seeing anything.
If within you are able to respond intimately, you do not hinder happy celebrating. Maybe you are not yet like that? Still, each one must dwell closely to clearly see.
Meeting a Zen master on the road,
Face him neither with words nor silence.
Give him an uppercut
And you will be called one who understands Zen.
On the path meeting a realized person of the Way,
Do not use speech or silence to respond.
A fist obstructs the jaw and splits the face.
Directly fall into the meeting and casually meet together.