If you come before Master Nansen,
will you come holding the posture
of a monk or a lay person,
and when Nansen turns you away,
how will you exit the room?

Nested hands
and gassho hands –
both are so easily manacled –
why leave the room at all?

A reflection on case 44 of the Iron Flute (Tetteki tōsui 鐵笛倒吹)