Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Mu-mon Gensen, also Mumon Gensen

Japanese Buddhist Monk, Poet, Son of Emperor Go-Daigo

"Words cannot describe everything. The heart’s message cannot be delivered in words. If one receives words literally, he will be lost. If he tries to explain with words, eh will not attain enlightenment in this life."

"Life is like a cloud of mist Emerging from a mountain cave And death a floating moon In its celestial course. If you think too much about the meaning they may have you'll be bound forever like an ass to a stake."

"Life is an ever-rolling wheel and every day is the right one. He who recites poems at his death adds frost to the snow."