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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 11. Joshu Sees the Hermits

十一 州勘庵主
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趙州、到一庵主處問、有麼有麼。
Joshu went to a hermit's cottage and asked, "Is the master in? Is the master in?"
主、堅起拳頭。
The hermit raised his fist.
州云、水淺不是泊舡處。 便行。
Joshu said, "The water is too shallow to anchor here," and he went away.
又到一庵主處云、有麼有麼。
Coming to another hermit's cottage, he asked again, "Is the master in? Is the master in?"
主亦堅起拳頭。
This hermit, too, raised his fist.
州云、能縱能奪、能殺能活。便作禮。
Joshu said, "Free to give, free to take, free to kill, free to save," and he made a deep bow.

Mumon's Comment
無門曰、一般堅起拳頭、爲甚麼肯一箇、不肯一箇。
Both raised their fists; why was the one accepted and the other rejected?
且道、□訛在甚處。
Tell me, what is the difficulty here?
若向者裏下得一轉語、便見趙州舌頭無骨、扶起放倒、得大自在。
If you can give a turning word to clarify this problem, you will realize that Joshu's tongue has no bone in it, now helping others up, now knocking them down, with perfect freedom.
雖然如是爭奈、趙州却被二庵主勘破。
However, I must remind you: the two hermits could also see through Joshu.
若道二庵主有優劣、未具參學眼。
If you say there is anything to choose between the two hermits, you have no eye of realization.
若道無優劣、亦未具參 學眼。
If you say there is no choice between the two, you have no eye of realization.

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
眼流星
機掣電
殺人刀
活人劍
The eye like a shooting star,
The spirit like a lighting;
A death-dealing blade,
A life-giving sword.

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