history principles practice stories, books, media discussion forum organizations resources
zenguide.com logo
 
Wednesday Apr 16 2014 09:47PM ET
º login º register º email º guestbook º printer friendly
grey dot
  Once upon a time, there were a father and a son of a family in a busy city. The father was a very skillful thief in the city. He was getting older and older and worried about his son, who was still rather young and knew nothing about his... continue...

z
.
e
.
n
menu left history menu spacer principles menu spacer practice menu spacer zen media menu spacer discussion forum menu spacer organization directory menu spacer resources  
login
  STORIES, BOOKS & MEDIA
» koans, stories & words   » zen readings   » recommended books   » book reviews   » art & prints   » audio, videos, DVD's
grey dot

THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 03. Gutei Raises a Finger

三 倶胝堅指
| hide chinese . show chinese |
倶胝和尚、凡有詰問、唯擧一指。
Whenever Gutei Osho was asked about Zen, he simply raised his finger.
後有童子。因外人問、和尚説何法要。
Once a visitor asked Gutei's boy attendant, "What does your master teach?"
童子亦堅指頭。
The boy too raised his finger.
胝聞遂以刃斷其指。
Hearing of this, Gutei cut off the boy's finger with a knife.
童子、負痛號哭而去。
The boy, screaming with pain, began to run away.
胝復召之。 童子廻首。 胝却 堅起指。
Gutei called to him, and when he turned around, Gutei raised his finger.
童子忽然領悟。
The boy suddenly became enlightened.

胝將順世、謂衆曰、吾得天龍一指頭禪、一生受用不盡。
When Gutei was about to pass away, he said to his assembled monks, "I obtained one-finger Zen from Tenryu and used it all my life but still did not exhaust it."
言訖示滅。
When he had finished saying this, he entered into eternal Nirvana.

Mumon's Comment
無門曰、倶胝並童子悟處、不在指頭上。
The enlightenment of Gutei and of the boy does not depend on the finger.
若向者裏見得、天龍同倶胝並童子興自己一串穿却。 
If you understand this, Tenryu, Gutei, the boy, and you yourself are all run through with one skewer.

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
倶胝鈍置老天龍
利刃單提勘小童
巨靈擡手無多子
分破華山千万重
Gutei made a fool of old Tenryu,
Emancipating the boy with a single slice,
Just as Kyorei cleaved Mount Kasan
To let the Yellow River run through.

End of THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 03. Gutei Raises a Finger horizotal line T.o.C . Previous Chapter « | . 00. 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. | » Next Chapter



 



SUPPORT ZENGUIDE.COM
If you are planning on purchasing any product from amazon.com, you can help us out by using the search box to the right or by clicking on this link to begin shopping.


Purchase posters, art prints, media (music CD & DVD)

buy this BUDDHA, PHAN, THAILAND
by Mark Standen
Puchase this Item
More Art Prints & Media
Zen & Buddhism books
 
 
s
.
t
.
o
.
r
.
i
.
e
.
s
.
,
.

.
b
.
o
.
o
.
k
.
s
.

.
&
.

.
m
.
e
.
d
.
i
.
a
.
Copyright © 1999 - 2014 zenguide.com - All rights reserved. °