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 36. When You Meet a Man of the Way
三十六 路逢達道 | hide chinese .
show chinese | 五祖曰、路逢達道人、不將語默對、且道、將甚麼對。
Goso said, "When you meet a man of the Way on the path, do not meet him with words or in silence. Tell me, how will you meet him?"
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
In such a case, if you can manage an intimate meeting with him it will certainly be gratifying. 其或未然、也須一切處著眼。
But if you cannot, you must be watchful in every way.
Meeting a man of the Way on the road,
Meet him with neither words nor silence.
A punch on the jaw:
Understand, if you can directly understand.