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?
IT IS LIKE THE SUN
It is like the sun, when it shines, anything under its light is bright. when it does not shine anything, things are in darkness; and it still shines itself. It neither clings nor follows anything.
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