One day Zen master Yangshan joined his teacher Guishan in ploughing the rice field. Yangshan said, “Master, this place is low. How can I level it with the higher place?” Guishan said, “Water is level, so why not use water and make the entire field level?” Yangshan said, “Water is not necessary. Master, high places are level as high and low places are level as low.” Guishan approved.
Student: “What did Yangshan mean by ‘high places are level as high and low places are level as low’?”
Master: “He knew how to make long rabbit horns and short ones the same size.”
The rice field flows but the soil never flows.
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