2019-11-29

Gateless Gate 39

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Gateless Gate (Mumonkan, Wumenguan) #39
Yunmen and a Mistake in Speech

Personnel
  • YUNMEN Wenyan (Ummon Bunen, 864-949, 13th gen), disciple of Xuefeng
  • SIXIN Wuxin (Shishin Goshin, 1044-1115, 20th gen), disciple of Huitang
Case (Yamada/Sato)
A monk once asked Yunmen, “The radiance serenely illuminates the whole vast universe...”
Before he could finish the first line, Yunmen suddenly interrupted, “Aren't those the words of [the scholar] Zhang Zhuo?”
The monk replied, “Yes, they are.”
Yunmen said, “You have slipped up into the words.”
Afterwards, Zen Master Sixin brought the matter up and said, “Tell me, at what point did he slip?”
Wumen's Comment (Yamada/Sato)
If, as regards this case, you have grasped Yunmen's lofty and unapproachable activity and how the monk slipped up in his words, you are worthy to become a teacher of men and heavenly beings. If you are not yet clear about it, you have not even saved yourself.
Wumen's Verse (Yamada/Sato)
Angling in a swift stream –
Those greedy for bait will be caught;
If you open your mouth even a bit,
Your life will be lost.

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