45 Who is He, the Other?

Sākyamuni and Maitreya, are servants of another.
Who is He, the Other?
(The Koan-answer is the picture's caption!)


Call yourself, answer,"Yes!"

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The original Chinese Goang

Practice master Zu of East Mountain said, "Śākya and Maitreya are like servants of another. Just say, who is the other?"

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Traditional Commentaries and .... Poems (Gata)

Mumon's comment: If you realize clearly who he is, it is as if you met your own father on a busy street. There is no need to ask anyone whether or not your recognition is true.

Wumen says:Also, if you are able to see the answer to “the other,” it is an instance of running into and seeing your intimate father at a crossroads whose resemblance has changed, you need not question if he is a different other person saying he “is” or “is not.”

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The Gata

Do not fight with another's bow and arrow.
Do not ride another's horse.
Do not discuss another's faults.
Do not interfere with another's work.

The other’s bow, do not draw;
The other’s horse, do not ride;
The other’s wrongs, do not judge;
The other’s business, do not direct.

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