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?
THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 21. Unmon's Kanshiketsu
二十一 雲門屎橛 | hide chinese .
show chinese | 雲門、因僧問、如何是佛。
A monk asked Unmon, "What is Buddha?" 門云、乾屎橛。
Unmon replied, "Kanshiketsu!" [A dry shit-stick.]
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、雲門可謂、家貧難辨素食、事忙不及草書。
Unmon was too poor to prepare plain food, too busy to speak from notes. 動便將屎橛來、□門挂戸。
He hurriedly took up shiketsu to support the Way. 佛法興衰可見。
The decline of Buddhism was thus foreshadowed.
A moment's blinking,