A short talk given March 20, 1980 by Master Sheng-Yen.) The Sixth Patriarch said, "It is necessary to explain in ten thousand ways, but all of them, after all, are traced back to one principle". To explain we make use of words, but we know that the Ch'an sect does not rely upon a written or spoken language. So whatever is explained cannot be Ch'an. It could be attempted in 10,000 ways and 10,000 times -- and it would still not be Ch'an.more