This is the best season of your life

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,

 a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.

~ Wumen Huikai


Wumen Huikai (Japanese: Mumon Ekai) (1183–1260) is a Song period Chán (Japanese: Zen) master most famous as the compiler of and commentator on the 48-koan collection The Gateless Gate (Japanese: Mumonkan). Wumen was at that time the head monk of Longxiang (Japanese: Ryusho) monastery in China.

There are two primary collections of koans in Zen/Chán Buddhism: The Blue Cliff Records and The Gateless Gate. The Gateless Gate was first published in 1228 and consists of 48 koans compiled by WuMen Huikai with his commentary and poetic verse.


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