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?
CHAO-CHOU ASKED FOR THE DIRECTION
When a monk was traveling on the road, he met an old woman, and asked: -I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction? The old waman replied: -Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn. When the monk met Chao-chou, he said: On the road comming here, I met an old woman, it seemed that she understood Ch'an very well. Chao-chou said: -Let me see the old woman and test her for you. Chao-chou then went to see the old woman. When he met her, he asked: -I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction? She replied: -Just go straight, don't make any left turn or right turn. When Chao-chou was back to his place, he said to the monk: -The old woman did not know at all. It was that Chao-chou stood right in front of her, wasn't it?
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