Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)
By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)
Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007
 Not This Heart-Mind or Buddha
Venerable Nanquan: Because a monk’s question said, "Still, is there a fundamental Dharma that has not been given to people by speaking?”
Quan said, "There is."
The monk said, "So what is the fundamental Dharma that has not been given to people by speaking?”
Nanquan said, "Not this heart-mind; not this Buddha; not these things."
Wumen says: By this person’s one question Nanquan directly was able to weigh and use up the family secrets. The gentleman doesn't stop flunking.
The Ode says:
The wordless really has merit,
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