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?
LOOKING AT THE BAMBOO TREES
One day when the d.o.m. was looking at the bamboo trees in the back yard of a neighbor, he saw the tall bamboo trees were tall and the short ones are short. And one of the tall ones said to him: -You are too short!
The d.o.m. said: -O. K.
And one of the short ones said: -You are too tall.
He said: -O.K.
The conversation then ended.
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