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  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?
Chang-sha replied:
-I... continue...

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CHAO-CHOU ASKED FOR THE DIRECTION
When a monk was traveling on the road, he met an old woman, and asked:
-I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction?
The old waman replied:
-Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn.
When the monk met Chao-chou, he said:
On the road comming here, I met an old woman, it seemed that she understood Ch'an very well.
Chao-chou said:
-Let me see the old woman and test her for you.
Chao-chou then went to see the old woman. When he met her, he asked:
-I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction?
She replied:
-Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn.
When Chao-chou was back to his place, he said to the monk:
-The old woman did not know at all. It was that Chao-chou stood right in front of her, wasn't it?


 



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