Yamaoka Tesshuas a young student of Zenvisited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.
Desiring to show his attainmenthe said: "The mindBuddhaand sentient beingsafter alldo not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no realizationno delusionno sageno mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received."
Dokuonwho was smoking quietlysaid nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.
If nothing exists,inquired Dokuonwhere did this anger come from?