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?
DREAM OR REALITY
When one took it as a dream, then it would be a dream to him.
When one took it as a reality, then it would be a reality to him.
If the two of them met each other on the road, Each of them would take his own position. At first it would be a talk. Next, it would be an arguement or a quarrel. Then it would be a fight. At the end, it would be black-n-blue. It would not be the way to understand each other.
That is why a whole man would not take it in either way.
He sees it as-it-is: It comes, it lasts, it passes away, whether it is a dream or a reality. It comes, it lasts, it passes away, whether it is true or false.
That's why it's called "Thus Comes and Thus Goes".
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