Yangshan’s interpretation of his master’s dream
One day Guishan was lying down when his student Yangshan Huiji came in. Guishan turned over and lay facing the wall. Yangshan said, “I am your student. You don’t need to be formal.” Guishan sat up and Yangshan started to leave. Guishan called Yangshan, “Huiji.” Yangshan turned his head. Guishan said, “Listen to this old monastic’s dream.” Yangshan lowered his head and was ready to listen. Guishan just said, “Interpret my dream for me. Let me see how you do it.” Yangshan brought a basin of water and a towel. Guishan washed his face and became seated.
Student: “Why did Yangshan bring a basin of water and a towel when he was asked to interpret his master’s dream?”
Master: “You are dreaming as well if you think he brought a basin of water and a towel.”
Dreamers mistake illusions for reality and mistake reality for a dream.
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