One day Lin-chi was asked:
What is the essence of meditation?
Lin-chi came right down from his seat
and taking hold of the questioner
by the front of his robes,
slapped his face, then let him go.
The questioner, of course stood there stupefied.
Then Lin-chi laughed and said to him:
Why don’t you bow?
This woke him from his reverie,
And when he was about to make a bow to the master
He had his first taste of meditation!
Please read this again and again and again,
and if you do not have the same taste
then slap your face yourself
then laugh and bow down to yourself –
and then you will certainly have the same taste