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?
TRUE RELIGION & NON-RELIGION
Visitor: True religion is no different to non-religion. There isn't any room for Buddha and such in the mind of the ordinary man. Burn his statue and walk away with his soul.
CT: Where there is religion this old mountain man will not abide. Where there is non-religion this old monutain man will be gone fast.
In here, there is no room for even the mind, so let alone ordinary man and buddha and such.
If anyone would like to burn statues of the Buddha, he can do as he likes, but he no way can burn them to the last one. And there is nothing for him to take with when walking away because they had nothing - even soul.
Visitor: Thus! Thus! and no more but bags of air!!!
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