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?
HE IS LIKE A MAN
He is like a man who gets a big jar, uses his hands to grasp some space of this place to fill up the jar, replaces its lid. Then he takes the jar on his shoulder walking to another place, puts the jar down, removes the lid, pours the space inside out. What would you think? Is the first place lacking some space and the second space getting some excess space?
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