Because it had taken him a long time to reach awakening, Xuefeng Yicun was a patient and conscientious teacher with his own students. At the height of his career, he was reputed to have had 1500 monks in his temple. One of these once asked him, “What did you receive from Deshan?”
“I came to Master Deshan with empty hands, and I left with empty hands,” he replied.
[Xuefeng Yicun – Zen Masters of China: 235-40, 245, 271-72]