One day, Chang-sha Ching-tsen (d. 868), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an masters, wandered in the mountain. When he was back just at the gate of the temple, the head monk asked him:
-Where have you been, Sir?
JUST STANDING HERE
osted on May.02.2009 @ 09:58AM EDT by chontri
Zen monk often lived in mountains, therefore, sometimes passers-by seeing some man figures standing on the tops of the mountains. They did not know what the man standing on the top of the mountain was doing for, and they wanted to know what he was doing there. A man asked: -What is the man standing on the top of the mountain doing for? Another one said: -I do not know, let's climb up there and ask him. After a hard climbing, they reached the top and met the man who was standing there. He was a monk. The first man then asked: -Are you standing here to wait for some friend of yours? -No. The second one asked: -You're standing here to have some fresh air, right? -No. The third one asked: -So, what are you standing here for? -I'm just standing here.
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