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*."
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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