The Great Way has no gateby Wu Men Hui-k'ai
English version by Eiichi Shimomisei
Original Language Chinese
The Great Way has no gate,
A thousand roads enter it.
When one passes through this gateless gate,
He freely walks between heaven and earth.
/ Image by frestro79 /
A koan for us today. A thousand roads enter it, but there is no gate. When we pass through this gateless gate, we are liberated.
We always want to understand, as if we can think our way into heaven. But a confounded head, paired with a striving heart is a powerful combination. From that friction enlightenment can be sparked.
We don't find gateways. We ourselves open.
|The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry||The Gateless Gate: The Wu-men Kuan||The Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan||The World: A Gateway: Commentaries on the Mumonkan|