A monk asked Xinghua Cunjiang,“What should one do when things come from every direction?”

The master said, “Hold to the center.”
The monk bowed.
The master then said, “Yesterday, as I was on my way
to a dinner in the village, I was caught in a sudden storm with heavy rain and violent wind, so I headed for an old shrine and found shelter.”

Ying’an Tanhua commented:

“The assembly considered the matter and said, ‘Taking shelter in an old mausoleum refers to the self that precedes the Kalpa of Emptiness, or to the place where Xinghua attained peace of mind and fully realized his original nature.’”

–Entangling Vines: A Classic Collection of Zen Koans, trans.  Thomas Yuho Kirchner

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