Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Last Letter from a Good Friend

And so Mumonkan is finished and we set aside our good friend Mr. Blyth for a moment with a sad heart.  There is not one in ten thousand like him, and since he set down his pen no one dares to put Zen in the title of their book.

I will not miss Mumon as much, for he never left.

Mr. Blyth begins Mumonkan with a translation of the Memorial to the Throne which appears in that volume.  It says, among other things:

"May all Eight Directions sing the praises of your virtue, and The Four Seas take delight in your effective unmoving activity."

Just so.  Hello and Goodbye.

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