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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
successors of Seng-tsan, the Third Patriarch... continue...

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THE GATELESS GATE - Chapter 45. Hoen's Who Is He

四十五 他是阿誰
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東山演師祖曰、釋迦彌勒猶是他奴。
Hoen of Tozan said, "Even Shakya and Maitreya are servants of another.
且道、他是阿誰。
I want to ask you, who is he?"

Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
若也見得他分曉、譬如十字街頭撞見親爺相似、更不須問別人道是與不是。

If you can really see this "another" with perfect clarity, it is like encountering your own father at a crossroads. Why should you ask whether you recognize him or not?

Mumon's Verse 頌曰
他弓莫挽
他馬莫騎
他非莫辨
他事莫知
Don't draw another's bow,
Don't ride another's horse,
Don't discuss another's faults,
Don't explore another's affairs.

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