Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)
By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)
Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007
The Assembly was without a correct response, so Quan carried out the cat’s departure.
In the evening Zhaozhou returned from outside. Quan showed what happened to Zhou. Zhou consequently took off his shoes and placed them above his head and exited.
Quan said "Mister if you were there your quickness would have been able to save the kitten."
Wumen says: Just say, what was the living meaning of Zhaozhou putting the grass shoes on top of his head? If within you are able to issue one turning word, then you see Nanquan’s decree is not a vain act, and in that case maybe he is not [MM 25] dangerous.
The Ode says:
If Zhaozhou were there,
Leaves Nanquan begging for life.
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