The Gateless Checkpoint of the Zen Lineage

Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)


By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)


Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel 2007




33. Not Heart-Mind, Not Buddha


Mazu: Because a monk asked, "Compared to what is the Buddha?" Zu said, "Not heart-mind, not Buddha."

[MM 46] 

Wumen says: If within you are able to see, your participating in the business of learning is completed.


The Ode says:

On the path, if you meet a traveler with a sword you should show.

If you do not run into a poet, do not offer.

When you run into a person just speak a third part;

You can not possibly bestow the whole in one piece.



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