Chan Zong Wumen Guan (J. Mumonkan)
By Wumen Huikai (1183-1260, J. Mumon Ekai)
Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel © 2007
8. Zizhong Makes a Cart
Venerable Yuean asked the monks, "Zizhong made a cart with one hundred spokes. Twist to remove the two hubs and discard them, then remove the spokes. What limit does this job make clear?
Wumen Says: If even directly below you are able to be clear, then your eye is like a shooting star and your function as if snatching away lightening.
The Ode Says:
The function of the wheel is to turn in place.
Those who attain are still confused.
Four dimensions, above, below,
South, north, east, and west.
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