'Ummon-kan' | Case 17


Ummon asked a monk, “Where have you come from?” “From Nangaku,” he replied. “Usually,” said Ummon, “I don't entangle people with words, and bamboozle them with phrases; come a little closer!” The monk went nearer, and Ummon shouted, “Be off with you!”

Comment: closer or nearer if you refuse to answer the question it's a shame and everyone will sympathise after all it was already too late to come closer under such rudeness

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