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  Phap Hien was a Vietnamese Zen master. He lived in the late 5th century and early the 6th century.
When he was a young monk at the Phap Van Temple he met Vinitaruci (?-594) who was one of the
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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 21. Unmon's Kanshiketsu

二十一 雲門屎橛
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雲門、因僧問、如何是佛。
A monk asked Unmon, "What is Buddha?"
門云、乾屎橛。
Unmon replied, "Kanshiketsu!" [A dry shit-stick.]

Mumon's Comment
無門曰、雲門可謂、家貧難辨素食、事忙不及草書。
Unmon was too poor to prepare plain food, too busy to speak from notes.
動便將屎橛來、□門挂戸。
He hurriedly took up shiketsu to support the Way.
佛法興衰可見。
The decline of Buddhism was thus foreshadowed.

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
閃電光
撃石化
貶得眼
巳蹉過
Lightning flashing,
Sparks shooting;
A moment's blinking,
Missed forever.

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