The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story:
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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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