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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 15. Tozan's Sixty Blows
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Tozan came to study with Unmon. Unmon asked, "Where are you from?"
"From Sato," Tozan replied.
"Where were you during the summer?"
"Well, I was at the monastery of Hozu, south of the lake."
"When did you leave there," Unmon asked.
"On August 25" was Tozan's reply.
"I spare you sixty blows," Unmon said.
The next day Tozan came to Unmon and said, "Yesterday you said you spared me sixty blows.
I beg to ask you, where was I at fault?"
"Oh, you rice bag!" shouted Unmon. "What makes you wander about, now west of the river, now south of the lake?"
Tozan thereupon came to a mighty enlightenment experience.
If Unmon had given Tozan the true food of Zen and encouraged him to develop an active Zen spirit, his school would not have declined as it did.
Tozan had an agonizing struggle through the whole night, lost in the sea of right and wrong. He reached a complete impasse. After waiting for the dawn, he again went to Unmon, and Unmon again made him a picture book of Zen.
Even though he was directly enlightened, Tozan could not be called brilliant.
Now, I want to ask you, should Tozan have been given sixty blows or not?
If you say yes, you admit that all the universe should be beaten.
If you say no, then you accuse Unmon of telling a lie.
If you really understand the secret, you will be able to breathe out Zen spirit with the very mouth of Tozan.
Mumon's Verse 頌曰
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