The Zen Master Smiles, Saying This
“If you do not cut off the mind road,
then you are a ghost clinging to bushes and grasses,”
said the Zen Master Wumen Heikai.
“Make your whole body a mass of doubt
and with your three hundred and sixty bones and joints,
and your eighty-four thousand hair follicles,
concentrate on the one word ‘Mu.’
It is like swallowing a red-hot ball.”
This is from The Gateless Barrier,
translated by Robert Aiken,
which fell into my hands
one night in San Francisco,
out by the foggy harbor.