Mumokan, Case 48: Kempô’s One Way

Teisho presented by Arno Hess on 15/01/2023 at the Pathway Zen Zenkai at Spring Hill, QLD, Australia.


A monk asked Master Kempô, “[In a sutra it says,] ‘’The Bhagavat in ten directions; one
way to the gate of nirvana.’ I wonder where the way is.” Kempô held up his stick, drew a line
and said, “Here it is.”
Later a monk asked Unmon to give instruction about this. Unmon held up his fan and said,
“This fan jumps up to the heaven of the thirty-three devas and adheres to the nose of the
Deva Taishaku. When a carp in the eastern sea is struck with a stick, it rains torrents as
though a tray of water is overturned.”


Before a step is taken, the goal is reached;
Before the tongue is moved, the speech is finished.
Though you may take the initiative, point by point,
You must know there is still the all-surpassing hole.

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