TWO JOURNEYS THROUGH THE GATE

Tosotsu’s Three Barriers          無門關 四十七
Before you sit Tosotsu’s three mountains
how will you traverse them,
legless on your zafu?

Look within your mind,
search diligently, for when
you find nothing, all
is laid out before you.
Confuse life and death
for one is the other,
the other the one.
Search no longer
for the destination
look only at your feet
and chew, don’t gulp your meal.
Kempo’s One Road           無門關 四十八
Above you, Buddhas
below you, Buddhas
in each direction, Buddhas,
but which Buddha marks the way?

Follow a line from head
to foot and you
will see the way.

Look within, for your
highest self, search
to the thirty-third heaven
and if you should see
that self, greet him
with the strike of a fan
or the kyosaku and prepare
to be washed by
torrents of rain.


Reflections on Mumonkan Cases 47 and 48.