When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
Posted on Dec.24.2007 @ 07:28AM EDTby______
on Christmas Eve in the morning
They lighted in the road and played pass the sloe for minutes, before one stepping forward, and with a little bow, said, "I am the Crow of Christmas Past." A second, too, skipping forward, and with a nod, said, "I am the Crow of Christmas Future." Together,the pair stepping back with a flourish, and in unison saying, "This is the Crow of Christmas Present", who shimmying forward, cocked his head and not making a sound, saying, "Cock-a-doodle-doo."