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When the Fifth Patriarch asked for a verse to be submitted showing the monks' understanding of Chan Shen-hsui, the monk considered next in line, posted a verse on the wall where imagery of the Chan lineage was to be painted. Hui-neng posted a response to Shen-hsui. What did the Fifth Patriarch see in Hui-neng's response that demonstrated he had surpassed Shen-hsui?

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Hui-neng's verses were longer


Hui-neng's verses point at the impermanence and illusion of self we hold in the physical and phenomenal world.


Hui-neng posted his on a piece of paper and did not disturb the wall where the lineage was to be painted.


Hui-neng's verses spoke to the permanent nature of the individual soul and how it traversed lifetimes to exist in a series of continuous present moments.

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