Just as Yüan-wu approached the teaching seat on the day he began to teach at Chia-shan, Yü bounded forth from the assembly.
She gave him a nudge with her body and went back into the crowd.
Yüan-wu said, “When you see the strangeness as not strange, the strangeness disappears of itself.”
The next day Yüan-wu went to her house. She shouted, “Such a yellow-mouthed little boy—and you say you’re a teacher?”
Yüan-wu said, “Don’t brag so much, lady. I’ve recognized you.”
Then she laughed and came out to meet him.
This story from an Sung Dynasty teacher falls outside the time period of the most of the other stories this blog. But its charm argues for its inclusion. Beginning in the Sung Dynasty, women Zen practitioners gain
greater prominence in the records and more of them are named. In part this is due to the greater emphasis on record-keeping during this period. During the “Golden Age” of Zen in the T’ang Dynasty, record-keeping was hit-and-miss and official "records" were sometimes created long after a teacher’s death.