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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly wiNter 2 0 08 30 In the year 1228, I was giving Dharma discourses to the monks in the temple of Ryusho, City of Toka, in the Province of Onshu, and at their request I retold old koans, endeavor- ing to inspire their Zen spirit. I meant to use the koans as one uses a piece of brick to knock at a gate: after the gate is opened, the brick is useless and is thrown away. Unex- pectedly, however, my notes were collected as a group of forty-eight koans, together with my comments in prose and verse on each, although their arrangement was not in the order in which I spoke about them. I have titled the book the Mumonkan (Gateless Gate), and offer it to students to read as a guide. If you are brave enough and go straight ahead in medita- tion, you will not be disturbed by delusions. You will attain Zen just as did the ancient masters of India and China; per- haps even more so. But if there is a moment’s hesitation, it is as though you are watching from a small window for a horse and rider to pass by—in a blink of your eye, they are missed. Mumon ends the Introduction with his verse: The great Way has no gate; Thousands of roads enter it. When one passes through the gateless gate, One walks freely throughout heaven and earth. Soon we will begin a week of seclusion in commemoration of Bodhidharma, from the third of october to the ninth. This is a fine opportunity for all of you to practice Zen with self- determination. Let us see what we can do for attainment. • Case One: Joshu’s Dog • A monk asked Joshu, “Does a dog have buddhanature or not?” Joshu answered, “Mu.” Bodhisattvas: The first koan in The Gateless Gate is “Joshu’s Dog.” This koan is usually the first one given to the Zen stu- dent. Many masters in China and Japan entered Zen through this gate. Do not think that it is easy just because it is the first. A koan is the thesis of the postgraduate course in Bud- dhism. Those who have studied the teachings for twenty years may consider themselves scholars of Buddhism, but until they pass this gate of “Joshu’s Dog,” they will remain strangers outside the door of buddhadharma. Each koan is the key of emancipation. once you are freed from your fetters, you do not need the key anymore. olivert.ANdYukiBehrColleCtioN