One strike and I forgot all I knew─
No more will I rely on cultivation.
I have touched the Buddha’s teaching
And will not fall into skillful explanations.
Nowhere is there found a trace,
Outside one’s speech and comportment.
Those who have attained the Way from every direction
Each say they have the highest explanation.
── from Chanzong Songgu Lianzhu Tongji (Comprehensive Collection of the Chan School’s Verses on Ancient Precedents that are a String of Jewels)