Gateless Gate 21

Gateless Gate (Mumonkan, Wumenguan) #21
Yunmen's 'Kanshiketsu!'

A monk asked Yunmen in all earnestness, "What is Buddha?"
Yunmen said, "Kanshiketsu! (a dried shit-stick)"
Wumen's Commentary:
It should be said of Yunmen that he was too poor to prepare even the plainest food and too busy to write a draft. Suddenly he took up the shit-stick to support the gate (of Buddhism). You can see how the Dharma has decayed.
Wumen's Verse:
Lightning flashing,
Sparks shooting from a flint;
A moment's blinking
It's already missed.

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