zenguide.com random_koan - zen buddhism principles, practice, discussion forum, books and directory http://zenguide.com/ random_koan syndicated from zenguide.com en-us Copyright - forever - zenguide.com Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:12:56 EDT zenguide.com http://zenguide.com/images/zen_guide_dot_com_logo_small.gif http://zenguide.com Returning with Empty Handed Shih-tou Hsi-chien (700-790) was a very well known Chinese Ch'an master.<br> As a young monk, he was one of the disciples of the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng.<br> After Hui-neng passed away, Shih-tou continued his pilgrimage...<br> He paid a vist to the Great master Hsing-szu at the Ching-yuan mountain.<br> Hsing-szu asked:<br> -Where did you come from?<br> Shih-tou replied:<br> -From Tsao-chi [referring where Hui-neng resided].<br> -What did you get at Tsao-chi?<br> -Before I was at Tsao-chi, I was not lacking anything.<br> -If so, why were you there?<br> -If I were not there, how could I know I did not lack anything? http://zenguide.com/zenmedia/index.cfm?id=284 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:12:56 EDT