To be a seasoned Zen teacher worthy of the name, you must have a quick retort to anything your student says.
You have to demonstrate immediately that your student is making an assumption that can drop.
Which still leaves the question:
How is the Zen teacher to drop?
And the answer is:
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> Fa-yen,a Chinese Zen teacher, overheard a few young monks
> arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined
> them and said: "There is a big stone. Do you consider
> it to be inside or outside your mind?"
> One of the monks replied: "From the Buddhist viewpoint
> everything is an objectification of mind, so I would
> say that the stone is inside my mind."
> "Your head must feel very heavy," observed Fa-yen,
> "if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind."