The compassion of a Guru
Ruskin asked Rinzai (866 A.D., China), a renown Zen Master, “What is the gist of the Zen path of Enlightenment?”
Rinzai leaped from his seat, seized Ruskin, cuffed him, and thrust him away. Ruskin stood, rooted to the spot, unable to move.
A monk who witnessed this scene reprimanded Ruskin, saying, “You are supposed to bow after receiving instruction.”
As Ruskin bowed, he was enlightened.
In this Zen koan, Ruskin was an old student who was well informed. He comes to see Rinzai to test him. Rinzai, like any other enlightened person would, intuitively knew Ruskin was neither Sincere nor Humble.
But eventually, not through the scene that followed but, rather, after seeing the fetters of his own mind, became humble and bowed. He realized that mere knowledge is not Zen.
Hence, true enlightenment has little to do with intellectual knowledge or words or mere speech. It is something more than that – something based on a solid Inner Experience and flowering.