Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)
By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)
Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007
21. Yunmen's Shit Scraper
Yunmen: Because a monk asked, "So what is Buddha?"
Men said, “A dry shit scraper.”
Wumen says: Yunmen may name it, but a poor family has difficulty preparing simple food, and a hurried business is inadequate grass writing. He moved to relieve himself by using a “shit scraper” next to prop up the gate and hang the doors. One can see the Buddha Dharma waxes and wanes.
The Ode says
Flashing – lightening -- shines;
Striking -- stone -- transforms;
To criticize – obtain the eye,
To stop mistakes – pass through.
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