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Inc. 1957 this option first released in Penguin Books 2009 Translation copyright � Charles E. Tuttle & Co. Inc. 1957 All rights reserved All fabric transcribed by means of Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps. Illustrations to ‘Ten Bulls’ by way of Tomikichiro Tokuriki released non-exclusively in Canada and via association with Periplus versions other than within the u . s ., this booklet is offered topic to the situation that it shall now not, in terms of exchange or in a different way, be lent, re-sold, employed out, or differently circulated with no the publisher’s previous consent in any kind of binding or hide except that during which it's released and with no comparable situation together with this being imposed at the next client ISBN: 978-0-14-195667-1 Contents 1. The Gateless Gate 2. Ten Bulls three. Zen tales The Gateless Gate by means of Ekai, known as Mumon Wumen Huikai ‘Zen has no gates. the aim of Buddha’s phrases is to enlighten others. for this reason Zen may be gateless. ‘Now, how does one go through this gateless gate? a few say that no matter what enters via a gate isn't family members treasure, that no matter what is produced via assistance from one other is probably going to dissolve and perish. ‘Even such phrases are like elevating waves in a windless sea or acting an operation upon a fit physique. If one clings to what others have acknowledged and attempts to appreciate Zen through rationalization, he's like a dunce who thinks he can beat the moon with a pole or scratch an itching foot from the surface of a shoe. it will likely be very unlikely finally. ‘In the yr 1228 i used to be lecturing clergymen within the Ryusho temple in jap China, and at their request I retold outdated koans, endeavouring to encourage their Zen spirit. I intended to exploit the koans as a guy who alternatives up a section of brick to knock at a gate, and after the gate is opened the brick is dead and is thrown away. My notes, although, have been accumulated all of sudden, and there have been forty-nine koans, including my remark in prose and verse referring to each one, even if their association was once no longer within the order of the telling. i've got known as the booklet The Gateless Gate, wishing scholars to learn it as a consultant. ‘If a reader is fearless sufficient and is going effortless in his meditation, no delusions can disturb him. he'll develop into enlightened simply as did the patriarchs in India and in China, most likely even larger. but when he hesitates one second, he's as an individual gazing from a small window for a horseman to move by way of, and in a wink he has neglected seeing. ‘The nice direction has no gates, hundreds of thousands of roads input it. while one passes via this gateless gate He walks freely among heaven and earth. ’ 1. Joshu’s puppy A monk requested Joshu, a chinese language Zen grasp: ‘Has a puppy Buddha-nature or no longer? ’ Joshu spoke back: ‘Mu. ’ [Mu is the destructive image in chinese language, that means ‘No-thing’ or ‘Nay’. ] Mumon’s remark: to gain Zen one has to go through the barrier of the patriarchs. Enlightenment consistently comes after the line of pondering is blocked. if you happen to don't go the barrier of the patriarchs or in the event that your pondering street isn't really blocked, no matter what you think that, no matter what you do, is sort of a tangling ghost.