Our master’s method of instruction was entirely different from that of ordinary instructors of learning. He would not explain any problem to the learner, but simply help him to get enlightened by putting him an abrupt but telling question. Shang Kwang, for instance, said to Bodhidharma, perhaps with a sigh: “I have no peace of mind. Might I ask you, sir, to pacify my mind?”
“Bring out your mind (that troubles you so much),” replied the master, “here before me! I shall pacify it.”
“It is impossible for me,” said the disciple, after a little consideration, “to seek out my mind (that troubles me so much).”
“Then,” exclaimed Bodhidharma, “I have pacified your mind.” Hereon Shang Kwang was instantly Enlightened.