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




45.  Who Is the Other?


Practice master Zu of East Mountain said, "Śākya and Maitreya are like servants of another.  Just say, who is the other?"


Wumen says:   Also, if you are able to see the answer to “the other,” it is an instance of running into and seeing your intimate father at a crossroads whose resemblance has changed, you need not question if he is a different other person saying he “is” or “is not.” 


The Ode says:

The other’s bow, do not draw;

The other’s horse, do not ride;

The other’s wrongs, do not judge;

The other’s business, do not direct.

[MM 58]



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