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




41. Dharma Pacifies Heart-mind      


Dharma faced toward the wall. The Second Ancestor stood in the snow, cut off his arm, and said, “This disciple’s heart-mind has not yet been pacified.  I beg teacher [MM 53] to pacify my heart-mind.”

Ma said, “Come here with your heart-mind, and I will pacify it for you.”

Ancestor said, “My searching for heart-mind is completed, and I’m not able to obtain it!”

Ma said, "I have finished pacifying your heart-mind for you.”


Wumen says:  The gap-toothed old Barbarian sailed on the ocean a hundred thousand li especially according to come here.  One can rightly say this is raising waves without wind.   After it was ended, he accepted and gained one particular man of the gate, and yet he was not equipped with the six roots.  Alas, Xiesanlang did not know four words.


The Ode says:

You came from the West and directly pointed

Causing this business of beginning instruction.

The bothersome clamor of the jungle,

The origin of its arriving here is you.

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