Master Dae-ja asked, “Where are you going?” when a monk said farewell. The monk said, “I am going to my hometown.” The master said, “Can you take me there with you?” The monk answered, “I can’t take not just you but also even one who is superior to you.”
Student: “Why can’t the monk take the master with him?”
Master: “Because even he can’t go there if he takes anyone or anything with him.”
Going there takes no time. What takes time and makes the trip difficult is to abandon all people and everything.
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