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« on: December 17, 2008, 02:42:04 PM »
Tosotsu bulit three barriers and made the monks pass through
them.  The first barrier is studying Zen.  In studying Zen, the
aim is to see one's own true nature.  Now where is your true nature?

Secondly, when one realizes his own true nature, he will be free
from birth and death.  Now, when you shut the light from your
eyes and become a corpse, how can you free yourself?

Thirdly, if you free yourself from birth and death, you should
know where you are.  Now your body separates into four elements.
Where are you?

Mummon's Comments:

Whoever can pass these three barriers, will be a Master wherever
he stands.  Whatever happens about him, he will turn into Zen.

Otherwise, he will be living on poor food and not even enough of that
to satisfy himself.

An instant realization ses endless Time,
Endless Time is as one moment.
When one comprehends, the endless moment,
He realizes the person, who is seeing it!

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

Arunachala Siva.