Gateless Gate

The Gateless Gate (1228) byMumon, translated byNyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps
A Collection of Zen Koans

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Gateless Gate Empowers an individual to reach for, to touch, to directly see/experience the enlightened person within, regardless of religion or spiritual inclination. Zen uses Zazen (a non-meditation form of meditation) a practice that uses no object as a focal point therefore freeing the mind from its habit of creating opposites.


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The Gateless Gate (無門關, Mandarin. Wumenguan, Japanese. Mumonkan) is a collection of 48 Chan (Zen) koans compiled in the early 13th century by Chinese monk Wumen (無門).


Gateless gate buddhism
  • A good horse runs even at the shadow of the whip.
    • Chapter 0.
  • Has a dog Buddha-nature?
    This is the most serious question of all.
    If you say yes or no,
    You lose your own Buddha-nature.
    • Chapter 1.
  • To understand clearly one has to have just one eye.
    • Chapter 2.

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  • When you can give the right answer, even though your past road was one of death, you open up a new road of life.
    • Chapter 5.
  • Keichu, the first wheel-maker of China, made two wheels of fifty spokes each. Now, suppose you removed the nave uniting the spokes. What would become of the wheel? And had Keichu done this, could he be called the master wheel-maker?
    • Chapter 8.
  • The path does not belong to the perception world, neither does it belong to the nonperception world. Cognition is a delusion and noncognition is senseless. If you want to reach the true path beyond doubt, place yourself in the same freedom as sky. You name it neither good nor not-good.
    • Chapter 19.

Gateless Gatecrashers

  • However profound the complicated knowledge of the world, compared to this enlightenment it is like one drop of water to the great ocean.
    • Chapter 28.
  • When the question is sand in a bowl of boiled rice, the answer is a stick in the soft mud.
    • Chapter 31.

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