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?
WHERE IS THE WAY, SIR?
Yesterday evening there was some gentleman came to pay a visit to the d.o.m.. He looked so earnest to show the view he got of the Way. He could not wait and immediately said: -I myself already know where the way is. Do you know where it is, sir? The d.o.m. asked back: -Where is it? Can you tell me, Sir? -Yes! It is over your head! -I do not think so. -Why did you say that, sir? So, where is it, according to you? -No, not according to me, Sir. Everybody knows that it is right under their feet, so they can walk naturally and freely. If it is over their heads, as you said, then they should walk by their heads, not by their feet. And if so, everything in this world would be upside down. Right? -No! I did not mean that kind of way. -Which kind of way did you mean, Sir? -What I meant is the Big Way or Great Way? -Oh! You meant some kind of High Way, right? -Yes! -You meant some high way such as the I-95. Right? There are lots of cars running really fast on it! Yes! The high way is really a great way. All the cars could run by their wheels, not by their hoods or tops! Sometimes I saw they were doing 85 miles or 90 miles per hour! Good speed! Good speed! [And they got speedy tickets, too!] -Jesus Christ said: "I AM THE WAY!" Do you understand these words? -If so, I shall walk on him.
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