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The Gateless Gate, 無門関, 無門關

By Mumon Ekai

Quotes from The Gateless Gate, 無門関, 無門關

“Thinking good and bad is hell and heaven.

Chapters: 20. Unconventional Mind

Themes: Non-Thought

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“A noble heart’s words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.”

Chapters: 60. Less is More

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“A thunderclap under the clear blue sky… all beings on earth open their eyes.”

Chapters: 32. Uncontrived Awareness

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“Chop wood, carry water.”

Chapters: 34. An Unmoored Boat

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“Do not permit the events of your daily life to bind you, but never withdraw yourself from them.”

Chapters: 16. Returning to the Root, Meditation

Themes: Problems

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“Even a good thing isn't as good as nothing.”

Chapters: 23. Nothing and Not

Themes: Emptiness

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“Everyday life is the way.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

Themes: Livelihood

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“If you follow regulations, keeping the rules, you tie yourself without rope but if you act any which way without inhibition you're a heretical demon.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Middle Way

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“Life is the only thing worth living for.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Meaningfulness

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“Lovely snowflakes, they fall nowhere else!”

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

Themes: Sacred World

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“Moon and clouds are the same; mountain and valley are different. All are blessed; all are blessed. Is this one? Is this two?”

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“One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.”

Chapters: 14. Finding and Following the Formless Form

Themes: Moon

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“Possessing much knowledge is like having a thousand foot fishing line with a hook, but the fish is always an inch beyond the hook.”

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

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“Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.”

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“Ten thousand flowers in spring; the moon in autumn; a cool breeze in summer; snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.”

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

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“The Great Way has no gate; there are 1000 paths to it. If you pass through the barrier, you walk the universe alone.”

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“Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said, 'The flag is moving.' and the other said, 'No, the wind is moving.' their teacher happened to be passing by and told them, 'Not the wind, not the flag; it is your mind that is moving.'”

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Themes: Mind

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“When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Inspiration

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“When you meet someone who understands the Tao, don't talk but don't keep silent!”

Chapters: 22. Heaven's Door

Themes: Paradox

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“Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.”

Chapters: 70. Inscrutable

Themes: Doubt

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“Zui-Gan called out to himself every day, 'Master.' Then he answered himself, 'Yes, sir.'
And then he added, 'Become sober.' Again he answered, 'Yes, sir.'
After that he continued, 'do not be deceived by others.' 'Yes, sir; yes, sir,' he replied.

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Themes: Teachers

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