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has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 04. The Western Barbarian with No Beard

四 胡子無髭
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或庵曰、西天胡子、因甚無髭。
Wakuan said, "Why has the Western Barbarian no beard?"

Mumon's Comment
無門曰、參須實參、悟須實悟。
Study should be real study, enlightenment should be real enlightenment.
者箇胡子、直須親見一回始得。
You should once meet this barbarian directly to be really intimate with him.
説親見、早成兩箇。
But saying you are really intimate with him already divides you into two.

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
&#癡人面前
不可説夢
胡子髭無
惺惺添□
Don't discuss your dream
Before a fool.
Barbarian with no beard
Obscures the clarity.

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