Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)
By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)
Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007
37. The Cypress Tree In Front of the Hall
Zhaozhou: Because a monk asked, "Compared to what was the intent of the ancestral founder coming from the west?” Zhou said, "In front of the hall, a cypress [MM 49] tree.”
Wumen says: If you face where Zhaozhou’s reply dwells and are able to see intimately, before is without Śākya, afterwards is without Maitreya.
The Ode says:
Words do not open the matter;
Speech does not deliver the function.
Those who hold onto words mourn,
Those who are blocked by phrases are bewildered.
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