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Hsiang-yen Chih-hsien

(d. 898)


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(d. 898).

A famous Ch'an master of the House of Kuei-yang (see Five Houses) to whom the following story is attributed. A man, hanging high in a tree by only his teeth, is asked why Bodhidharma came from the west. What should the man say? This story, and the question it poses to the listener, became a kōan in the collection known as the Gateless Gate.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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