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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 33 Baso's "No Mind, No Buddha"    三十三 非心非佛

 

馬祖、因僧問、如何是佛。

A monk asked Baso, "What is the Buddha?"

祖曰、非心非佛。

Baso answered, "No mind, no Buddha."

 

Mumon's Comment

無門曰、若向者裏見得、參學事畢。

If you understand this, you have finished studying Zen.

 

Mumon's Verse 頌曰

路逢劍客須呈         Present a sword if you meet a swordsman;

不遇詩人莫獻         Don't offer a poem unless you meet a poet.

逢人且説三分         When talking, tell one-third of it;

未可全施一片         Don't divulge the whole at once.

 

Next chapter: Case 34 Nansen's "Reason Is Not the Way"

 

Energy Enhancement Enlightened Texts Zen Mumonkan: The Gateless Gate

 

 

 

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