Gateless Gate (Mumonkan, Wumenguan) #21
A monk asked Yunmen in all earnestness, "What is Buddha?"Wumen's Commentary:
Yunmen said, "Kanshiketsu! (a dried shit-stick)"
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:
Sparks shooting from a flint;
A moment's blinking
It's already missed.