2018-02-04

Gateless Gate 48, Book of Serenity 61

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Gateless Gate (Mumonkan, Wumenguan) #48
Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #61
Yuezhou Qianfeng's One Way
Case
A monk asked Master Yuezhou Qianfeng in all earnestness, "In a sutra it says, 'Ten-direction Bhagavats [i.e., the Buddha], one Way to the gate of nirvana.' I wonder where the Way is."
Qianfeng lifted up his stick, drew a line and said, "Here it is."
Later a monk asked Yunmen to give instruction about this.
Yunmen held up his fan and said, "This fan jumps up to the heaven of the thirty-three devas and adheres to the nose of the deva Taishaku. When a carp in the eastern sea is struck with a stick, it rains torrents as though a tray of water is overturned. [Do you get it? Do you get it? --BOS only]"
Wumen's Comment
One goes to the bottom of the deepest sea, heaving sand and raising dust.
The other stands on the top of the highest mountain and causes white waves to billow up to the sky.
On the one hand, they are gripping it tightly; on the other hand, they are letting it loose;
so each of them extends a single hand and together they support the essential principle.
It is just like two running boys colliding.
In this world there will be no one who has realized the truth completely.
Examining with the true eye, I find that neither of the old masters knows where the Way is.
Wumen's Verse
Before a step is taken, the goal is reached;
Before the tongue is moved, the speech is finished.
Though you may take the initiative, point by point,
You must know there is still the all-surpassing hole.

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