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Back in the old times, Guishan was taking a nap and his close disciple, Yangshan, entered his room but seeing the old teacher sleeping turned to leave. Guishan woke up and called Yangshan back, saying, “Let me tell you my dream.”

Yangshan leaned forward to listen to the dream. Then Guishan said, “Please interpret the dream for me.”

Yangshan took a bowl of water and a towel to Guishan who then scrubbed his face and sat for a while.

Another close disciple, Xiangyan, then came into the room. Guishan said, “Just now Yangshan demonstrated a supreme ability in supranormal powers! This ability is not about personal salvation.”

Xiangyan said, “I was in the other room, but I clearly perceived this.”

Guishan said, “Now it’s your turn to interpret.”

Xiangyan made a cup of tea and brought it to the master.

Guishan said, “You two disciples have supranormal powers that are beyond the abilities of Sariputra and Maudgalyayana (disciples of Buddha).”
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