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Zen Koan of Tea

Once, Chao Chou asked a monk,
“Have you been here before?”
The monk responded, “Yes, I have.”
Chao Chou said, “Have a cup of tea.”
Later, Chao Chou asked another monk,
“Have you been here before?”
The monk replied, “No, I haven’t.”
Chao Chou said, “Have a cup of tea.”

The head monk of the temple had been observing this, and said to Chao Chou, “Whenever Your Reverence asks a monk, ‘Have you been here before?’ whether they say ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ you say, ‘Have a cup of tea.’ What’s the meaning of this?”
Chao Chou answered,
“Head monk! Have a cup of tea.”

(From The One Taste of Truth — Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea, published by Shambhala, 2012)