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?
WANDERING IN THE MOUNTAIN
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 was wandering in the mountain. The head monk asked again: -Where did you go and then come back? Chang-sha replied: -First, pursuing the fragrant grasses I went, then following the falling flowers I returned. The head monk said: -It's very much like the sense of springtime. Chang-sha said: -It's even more than the autunm dew dripping on the lotuses.
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