The Gateless Checkpoint of the Zen Lineage

Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)


By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)


Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007




10. Qingshui is Orphaned and Poor


Venerable Caoshan: because a monk said the question, “Quingshui is orphaned and poor.  I beg, the master to give alms to aid."

            Shan said, “Shui practices*."

            Shui agreed.

            Shan said, "You have drunk and finished three cups of wine from the Clear House of Qingyuan (the source of Qing), yet [MM 20] you say you have not moistened your lips."


Wumen says: Qingshui donated his function; what was the business of his heart-mind?  Caoshan possessed a deep eye to discern function.  So although it was thus, just say what is within “Shui practices” that deals with drinking wine?


The Ode says:

Poor like Fandan,

Spirit like Xiangyu;

Although without a plan of work,

He dares to participate and struggle for wealth.


[* “Practices” is the translation for the Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit carya.]


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