2020-01-13

Gateless Gate 20

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Gateless Gate (Mumonkan, Wumenguan) #20
A Person of Great Strength

Personnel and Date
  • SONGYUAN Chongyue (Shôgen Sugaku, 1132-1202, 25th gen), disciple of Mi-an Xianjie (1118-1186)
  • Date guess: ca. 1182
Case (Shibayama)
Master Songyuan said, “Why is it that a man of great strength cannot lift his leg?”[1]
Again he said, “It is not with his tongue that he speaks.”[2]
[1] “Why can’t the person of great strength lift up a leg?” (Aitken);
“Why is it that someone of great power cannot lift a foot?” (Cleary);
“Why can’t a person of great strength lift his own foot?” (Guogu);
“How does a person of great power walk without raising a foot?” (Hinton);
“Why is it a man of great strength does not lift his legs” (Low, Sekida);
“Why is it that a man of great strength does not lift up his leg?” (Yamada).
[2] “Again he said, ‘It is not with the tongue that you speak’” (Aitken);
“He also said, ‘Speaking out is not a matter of the tongue’” (Cleary);
“’[Because] he speaks without using his tongue,’ he continued.” (Guogu);
“Then he continued: ‘Or speak without moving a tongue?’” (Hinton);
“And he also said, ‘He does not speak with his tongue’” (Low);
“and he also said, “Opening the mouth has nothing to do with the tongue’” (Senzaki);
“And he also said, “It is not the tongue he speaks with” (Sekida);
“He also said, “It is not with the tongue that we speak” (Yamada).

Wumen's Comment (Shibayama)
Of Songyuan it must be said that he emptied his intestines and turned his belly out. Yet no one understands it. Even though there is a man who immediately understands it, I will give him severe blows with my stick if he comes to me. Why? Nii! If you want to know pure gold, see it in the midst of fire.
Wumen's Verse (Shibayama)
Lifting his leg he kicks up the Scented Ocean,
Lowering his head, he looks down on the Four Dhyana Heavens.
There is no place to put this gigantic body.
You please add another line.

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