The Layman went to see Zen Master Shitou and asked him, "What about someone who has no connection with the ten thousand dharmas?"
Shitou put his hand over the Layman's mouth, and the Layman had a sudden realization.
(The Sayings of Layman Pang, #1, trans. James Green)
In the silence: no connection to the myriad beings.
In the silence: fully connected to the myriad beings.
In the silence: constant chatter.
In the chatter-chatter: silence.
Pointing to the moon: so futile, therefore necessary.
A dance pointless and beautiful and required.