A Zen master investigates traps by falling into them Barry Magid January 7th 2017

The Gateless Gate, Case 31 Chao-Chou Investigates the Old Woman

A monk asked an old woman, "What is the way to Mount Tai?"
The old woman said, "Go straight ahead."
When the monk had proceeded a few steps she said, "Good respectable monk, but he too goes off like that."
When Chao-Chou hear about this he said, "Hold on, I'll go investigate that old woman thoroughly for you."
The next day Chao-Chu went and asked her the same question and she replied in the same way.
He returned and announced to the assembly, "I have investigated and seen through that old woman of Mount Tai for you."

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