Open your mouth, make a big mistake


Under blue sky, in bright sunlight,
one need not search around.
Asking what Buddha is
is like hiding loot in one’s pocket and declaring oneself innocent.

Gate 30, from The Gateless Gate, attributed to Mumon Ekai (1183-1260), Chinese Zen Master. See also this more complete version (49 gates).



2 responses

  1. Great topic “Open your mouth, make a big mistake”. 🙂

    I wrote about this same subject in my blog week ago. I quoted koan 27, where Mumon comments
    “Nansen was too kind and lost his treasure.
    Truly, words have no power.
    Even though the mountain becomes the sea,
    Words cannot open another’s mind.”

    Thank you for this great post.

    With palms together,