Once master Hofaku called his monks together and said: "This last week my energy has been draining - no cause for worry. It is just that death is near."
A monk asked: "You are about to die! What does it mean? We will go on living. And what does that mean?"
"They are both the way of things," the master replied.
"But how can I understand two such different states?"
Hofaku answered: "When it rains it pours," and then calmly dies.