Hermit of Lotus Flower Peak (BCR25)

KOAN:

The hermit of Lotus Flower Peak held up her staff and said to the assembly,
“When the ancestors got here, why didn’t they stay here?”
There was no answer.
She said, “Because there was no power for the path.”
And again, she said, “In the end, how is it?”
And again, she herself responded, “With my staff across my shoulders, without a backward glance, I go straight into the myriad peaks.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 25