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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Four Walls

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From a web page quoted here on the
Feast of St. Louis, 2003 —

Case 9 of  Hekiganroku: 
Joshu's Four Gates

A monk asked Joshu,
"What is Joshu?" (Chinese: Chao Chou)

Joshu said,
"East Gate, West Gate,
 North Gate, South Gate."

Setcho's Verse:

Its intention concealed,
    the question came;
The Diamond King's eye was
    as clear as a jewel.
There stood the gates,
    north, south, east, and west,
But the heaviest hammer blow
    could not open them.

Setcho (980-1052),
Hekiganroku, 9 (Blue Cliff Records)
(translated by Katsuki Sekida,

Two Zen Classics, 1977, p. 172)

The epigraph to Lefebvre's
The Production of Space   (1974, translated in 1991) —

Octavio Paz, 'Envoi'— 'Imprisoned by four walls....'

(Adapted from a prose poem, "La Higuera ,"
in ¿Águila o Sol?  (1951).)

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