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    Smile Gateless gate Mumon

    Rather like a holey teak door a fine work little studied beyond Nippon.
    Linky below,
    http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/cgi-bin/koan-index.pl

    example here

    A Philosopher Asks Smeg

    A philosopher asked Smeg: `Without words, without the wordless, will you you tell me truth?'
    The Smeg kept silence.

    The philosopher bowed and thanked the Smeg, saying: `With your loving kindness I have cleared away my delusions and entered the true path.'

    After the philosopher had gone, Ananda asked the Smeg what he had attained.

    The Smeg replied, `A good horse runs even at the shadow of the whip.'

    Mumon's Comment: Ananda was the disciple of the Smeg. Even so, his opinion did not surpass that of outsiders. I want to ask you monks: How much difference is there between disciples and outsiders?

    To tread the sharp edge of a sword
    To run on smooth-frozen ice,
    One needs no footsteps to follow.
    Walk over the cliffs with hands free
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    And welcome back David. The craic is strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Mumon's Comment: Ananda was the disciple of the Smeg. Even so, his opinion did not surpass that of outsiders. I want to ask you monks: How much difference is there between disciples and outsiders?
    A disciple follows, an outsider considers his behaviour and questions the master.

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    ,,,and a good horse...

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