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The Gateless Gate, by Ekai, called Mu-mon, tr. Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps [1934] A monk asked Ummon: "What is Buddha?" Ummon answered him: "Dried dung."   Mumon's comment: It seems to me Ummon is so poor he cannot distinguish the taste of one food from another, or else he is too busy to write readable letters. Well, he tried to hold his school with dried dung. And his teaching was just as useless.

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1 Ben N = "The practice of Zen, and the koan in particular, involves learning to act without self-consciousness, and premeditation; to be perfectly spontaneous. Ummon's answer is a classic example. What does it mean? It can't be said. It doesn't make sense. It is just his innocent reaction in the moment."