Gateless Gate 18, Blue Cliff Record 12

Gateless Gate (Mumonkan, Wumenguan) #18
Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku, Biyan Lu) #12
Dongshan's 'Masagin'
A monk asked Master Dongshan in all earnestness, "What is Buddha?"
Dongshan said, "Masagin! (Three pounds of flax!)"

Wumen's Commentary:
Old Dongshan realized a bit of clam Zen. Slightly opening the two halves of the shell, he exposed his liver and intestines. This may be so, but tell me, where do you see Dongshan?

Wumen's Verse:
Masagin juts forth!
Words are intimate and the mind is even more intimate.
He who speaks about right and wrong
Is a man of right and wrong.

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