The Gateless Barrier or Gateless Gate (Japanese: Mumonkan) is a collection of 48 Zen koans used at the Rochester Zen Center. To learn more about the collection, see Wikipedia’s The Gateless Barrier.
The following are commentaries by Rochester Zen Center teachers, including Roshi Philip Kapleau and Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.
Case Number 4
From October 1976 Sesshin, Day 4. Played on Founder’s Day – August 16, 2020. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.
Case Number 7
Case Number 8
From November 1976 Sesshin, Day 5. Played on Founder’s Day – August, 18, 2019. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.
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Case Number 23
A look at original vs. actualized enlightenment, Dharma transmission, aspiration, and our True Self as the “Face” behind the mask. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript
Case Number 32
A non-Buddhist comes to awakening before the Buddha, sitting in silence, while his longtime disciple Ananda, standing in attendance, remains dumbfounded. How notions of identity can bind us. Who awakens? No one! Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.
Case Number 36
From June 1975 Sesshin, Day 7. Played on Founder’s Day, August 19, 2018. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.
Case Number 38
From October 1975 Sesshin, Day 1. A commentary on the koan and the teacher- student dynamic. Played on Founder’s Day – August 20, 2023. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau. Automated Transcript