One day a monk said to Master Sukshang, “They say that we should go to the place without any grass for 10,000 miles. How can I go there?” Sukshang said, “If you go out of the gate, you cannot avoid stepping on grassland.” When the monk asked another master about Sukshang’s answer, the master said, “Even though you don’t go out of the gate, you will fall into a grass-covered field as well.”
Student: “What should I do if I have to stay neither within nor without the gate?”
Master: “Why do you make the gate into grassland?”
Do away with the gate, and each blade of grass will turn into a gate to the Pure Land.
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