They further asked, “In the future, there won’t be any difficulties, will there?
The Master said, “Five or six years after my extinction, a man will come to take my head. Listen to my verse:
Offerings to the parents with bowed head.
There must be food in the mouth.
When the difficulty of ‘Man’ is met,
The officials will be Yang and Liu.
–The Sixth Patriarch’s Sutra
Five or six years after the Master’s death, a Korean monk named Chin Ta Pei hired Chan Ching Man of Hung Chou to steal the Patriarch’s head and bring it back to Korea so that he could make offerings to it. Being poor and hungry, Chan Ching Man accepted the money.
The Patrirch’s head was originally buried beneath the Main Hall, but after it was burned down and rebuilt, the head was enshrined inside the pagoda.