Baso was a Zen master of the ninth century. One day he was sitting with his feet across the garden-path.
A monk came along with a wheel-barrow. “Tuck in your feet,” said the monk.
“What has been extended cannot be retracted,” answered Baso.
” What has been started cannot be stopped,” cried the monk and pushed the barrow over Baso’s feet.
The master hobbled to the monastery and seizing an axe called out ” Have any of you seen the rascal who hurt my feet? ”
The monk who had pushed the barrow then came out and stood “with craned head.”
The master laid down his axe.
(The wheelbarrow is here a symbol of the Wheel of Life and Death.)