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The Gateless Gate

 

The Gateless Gate or The Gateless Barrier (Chin. Wu-wen kuan; Jap. Mumonkan)

The author is Chinese Ch'an master Wu-men Hui-hai (無門慧開 Mumon Ekai, 1183-1260).

 

English Translation

By late Zen master Katsuki Sekida (Two Zen Classics 26-137)

 

Original Chinese Text

The original Chinese text is taken from the following Japanese web site:

 

                  http://homepage1.nifty.com/poem-club/mumonnkan/mumonkanwoyomu.htm

 

The Chinese and Japanese texts in this web site are taken from the book titled Mumonkan, published in Japan by Iwanami Bunkõ.

 

Chinese Characters

Unfortunately a few Chinese characters were not given in this site. Luckily these characters are less than 1% of the text. Where there was a definition about these ideograms, they are entered them using Chinese system (Big 5). There are also ideograms that appear as mere black boxes, without any explanations. These are replaced with dummy characters (empty square boxes).

 

 

The Gateless Gate 無門關

Wu-wen kuan (Mumonkan)

 

Case 27 Nansen's "Not Mind, Not Buddha, Not Things"      二十七 不是心佛

 

南泉和尚、因僧問云、還有不與人説底法麼。

A monk asked Nansen, "Is there any Dharma that has not been preached to the people?"

泉云、有。

Nansen answered, "There is."

僧云、如何是不與人説底法。

"What is the truth that has not been taught?" asked the monk.

泉云、不是心、不是佛、不是物。

Nansen said, "It is not mind; it is not Buddha; it is not things."

 

Mumon's Comment

無門曰、南泉被者一問、直得揣盡家私、郎當不少。

At this question, Nansen used up all his treasure and was not a little confused.

 

Mumon's Verse 頌曰

叮嚀損君徳 Talking too much spoils your virtue;

無言眞有功 Silence is truly unequaled.

任從滄海變 Let the mountains become the sea;

終不爲君通 I'll give you no comment.

 

Next chapter: Case 28 Ryûtan Blows Out the Candle

 

Energy Enhancement Enlightened Texts Zen Mumonkan: The Gateless Gate

 

 

 

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