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.

Commentaries on Cases from the Mumonkan

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Mumonkan #3 “Gutei’s Finger”

August 16, 2020
Sesshin: October 1976, Day 4. Played on Founder’s Day – August 16, 2020. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Mumonkan #8 “Keichu’s Cart”

August 18, 2019
Sesshin: November 1976, Day 5. Played on Founder’s Day – August, 18, 2019. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.

Mumonkan # 9, “Daitsu Chisho Buddha”

June 10, 2022
Sesshin: June 2022, Day 6. Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Teisho by Roshi Kapleau: Mumonkan #36 “Goso’s ‘No Words or Silence'”

August 19, 2018
Sesshin: June 1975, Day 7. Played on Founder’s Day, August 19, 2018. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau.

Zen Teacher Authorization

September 18, 2022
A look at the sanctioning next month of Donna Kowal and at my stepping aside, featuring Case 40 in the Mumonkan, “Kicking Over the Water Bottle.” Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Transcript