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Ancient texts => Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on December 10, 2008, 11:22:58 AM

Title: Zen Stories
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 10, 2008, 11:22:58 AM
Amban, a layman Zen student said:

" Mummon has just published forty eight "koans" and called the book,
Gatelss Gate.  He criticizes the old patriarchs' words and actions.
I think he is very mischievous.  He is like an old doughnut seller,
trying to catch a passer-by to force his doughnuts down his mouth.
The customer can neither swallow, nor spit out the doughnuts, and
this causes suffering.  Mummon has annoyed everyone enough, so
I think, I shall add one more as a bargain.  I wonder if he himself
can eat this bargain. If he can, and digest it will, it will be fine. But,
if not, we will hae to put it back into the frying pan along with his
forty eight 'koans' and cook them again!  Mummon, you eat it first,
before someone else does."

"Buddha according to a sutra, one said: "Stop, stop. Do not speak.
The ultimate truth is not even to think!"

Ambans' Comments:

Where did the so-called teaching come from?  How is that one could
not even think of it? Suppose someone spoke about it then what became
of it?  Buddha himself was a great chatterbox and this sutra he spoke
contrarily.  Becuase of this, persons like Mummon appear afterwards
in China and make useless doughnuts, annoying people! What shall
we do afer all? I will show you.

Then Amban put his palms together, folded his hands and said:
"Stop, stop. Do not speak.  The ulitmate truth is not even to think!
And now I will make a little circle on the sutra with my finger and
add that five thousand other sutras and Vimalakirti's Gateless Gate,
all are here!"

When someone tells you fire is light,
Pay no attention!
When two thieves meet, they need no introduction.
They recognize each other without question!!!

(Source: Gateless Gate. Nyogen Senzaki. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.