Gateless Pass

Yutang Lin

The ultimate path being gateless, people shut themselves in.
Undoing knots against habit, road gradually widens.
Groping for an entrance, eventually it is unattainable.
The moment deluded seeking ceases, home already.


A Chan practitioner attempts to go beyond the gateless pass. Without groping there is no way to pass it; however one tries it is ultimately unattainable. Step back, step back! Let go, let go!

Written in Chinese and translated on December 27, 2000
El Cerrito, California

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