As Huike had done, Sengcan retired to the mountains. Dayi Doaxin heard about him and sought him out. Sengcan asked his visitor what he was looking for, and Doaxin replied: “Please show me the way to achieve liberation.”
“Who is it that holds you in bondage?” Sengcan asked.
“Well, no one,” Doaxin admitted.
“Then why are you seeking liberation?”
These words startled the young man, and he became Sengcan’s disciple and eventually the Fourth Patriarch of Chinese Zen.
[Dayi Daoxin – Zen Masters of China: 53-54]