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?
WHY IS THERE STILL DUST?
One day, when the brilliant Chinese Cha'n master Chao-chou was sweeping the court of the monastery, a man asked him: -Ch'an monastery supposed to be clean and pure. Why is there dust to sweep? Chao-chou replied: -It came trom outside. On another day, when the same thing happening, a monk asked him: -Sir, you are a man of good understanding, why do you still have dust? Chao-chou replied: -Look! another dust again.
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