The Gateless Gate/Meeting A Zen Master On The Road
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36. Meeting a Zen Master on the Road
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|Koan number 36 out of 49 in this work (published 1228, translated 1934)|
Goso said: "When you meet a Zen master on the road you cannot talk to him, you cannot face him with silence. What are you going to do?"
- Mumon’s comment: In such a case, if you can answer him intimately, your realization will be beautiful, but if you cannot, you should look about without seeing anything.
- Meeting a Zen master on the road,
- Face him neither with words nor silence.
- Give him an uppercut
- And you will be called one who understands Zen.