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?
四十四 芭蕉拄杖 | hide chinese .
show chinese | 芭蕉和尚示衆云、你有拄杖子、我興你 拄杖子。
Basho Osho said to his disciples, "If you have a staff, I will give you a staff. 你 無拄杖子、我奪你 拄杖子。
If you have no staff, I will take it from you."
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
It helps me wade across a river when the bridge is down. It accompanies me to the village on a moonless night. 若喚作拄杖、入地獄如箭。
If you call it a staff, you will enter hell like an arrow.
The depths and shallows of the world
Are all in its grasp.
It supports the heaven and sustains the earth.
Everywhere, it enhances the doctrine.