Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)
By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)
Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007
15. Dongshan's Three Beatings
Yunmen: Because Dongshan interviewed in the line, Men asked, "What place did you leave from nearby?”
Shan stated, "Chadu."
Men said "At what place in the summer?"
Shan stated, "Baoci, ‘South of the Lake’ (Hunan Province).”
Men said "When did you leave there?"
Shan stated "The 25th of the Eighth month."
Men said "I release you from three beatings of the stick."
The next day Shan arrived and went up again to ask a question, "I’m unclear why yesterday the venerable released me from three beatings of the stick. I do not know, at what place do I pass through?”
Men said, "Mister Bag of Cooked Rice, ‘West of the River’ (Jaingxi Province) and ‘South of the Lake’ (Hunan Province), how do you go thus?”
At this Shan had a [MM 26] great realization.
The Ode says:
Mister Lion taught the son the enchanting tricks of the trade;
Intending to leap forward, [the son] prematurely faltered and tripped over himself;
Not ending there, he again [MM 27] discussed it and equaled the top trick;
It was as if the front arrow was light, the rear arrow was deep.
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