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?
GOOD THING AND WELL SAID
Whatever thing good is said, whatever good intention is aimed, whatever good word is used, when a hearer or listener or reader or follower is unable to understand or misunderstand it, then that good will go in vain or bring up an anti-effect.
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