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  Ta-mei Fa-chang (752-839) was a Chinese Ch'an master. After he got awakened under
the Great master Ma-tsu Tao-i (709-788), he went to the Ta-mei mountain and resided there.
One day there was a traveling monk who got lost in the Ta-mei... continue...

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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 37. Joshu's Oak Tree

三十七 庭前栢樹
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趙州、因僧問、如何是祖師西來意。
A monk asked Joshu, "What is the meaning of Bodhidharma's coming to China?"
州云、庭前栢樹子。
Joshu said, "The oak tree in the garden."

Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
若向趙州答處見得親切、前無釋迦後無彌勒。

If you understand Joshu's answer intimately, there is no Shakya before you, no Maitreya to come.

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
言無展事
語不投機
承言者喪
滯句者迷
Words cannot express things;
Speech does not convey the spirit.
Swayed by words, one is lost;
Blocked by phrases, one is belwildered.

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