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




34.  Wisdom Is Not the Way



Nanquan said, "Heart-Mind is not the Buddha; wisdom is not the Way."


Wumen says: Nanquan may be called old and unconscious of shame.  He just opens his stinky mouth and acclaims the family’s disgrace outside.  So, although it is thus, be aware that persons of such kindness are few.


The Ode says:

The heavens clear up and the sun begins to come out,

The rain falls to the ground and increases the wetness.

[MM 47] He exhausted the conditions saying it all.

I just fear the evidence is inadequate.




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