Rinzai: I Don’t Bow to Either…

Rinzai visited the stupa at Yuji. The Keeper asked him, “Do you bow first to the Buddha or Daruma (Bodhidarma, the one who brought Buddhism formally to China from India)?”

Rinzai replied, “I don’t bow to either of them.”

The Keeper asked, “Why? Are you and the Buddha and Daruma enemies?”

Rinzai shook the dust from his sleeves and went away.