Master: This cow --- when was it born?
Student: It was born before this world began.
Master: Is it a female cow? A male cow?
Student: It's a huge-balls-hanging-down male cow.
Master: What's its color?
Student: The cloak is iron-blue, the kimono is gray, the underwear is white.
Master: How does it feed?
Student: For breakfast, wheat porridge; for lunch, the regular meal; for dinner, rice and vegetable porridge.
Master: Where is the cow?
Student: "I sit by myself in the deep and quiet bamboo forest,
Playing music and howling out long."
Master: Where is its birthplace?
Student: An octagonal millstone spinning in midair.
--- The Sound of the One Hand