IN THE mountains of ancient China, Chan Master Dao Lin lived in a tall pine tree. The locals called him the “Bird’s Nest Monk.”
Hearing about his wisdom and reputation, Minister Bo made the trek to the Qin Wang Mountains to see Master Dao.
Calling up to him, Bo said, “It’s very dangerous where you are sitting, Chan [Zen] Master.”
Master Dao replied:
“My danger may be very great, Minister, but yours is even greater.”
“I am the commander of Qian Tang,” Bo said, “What danger is there?”
The Master responded: