Mumon Ekai (1183-1260), the Ch'an Master who collected the forty-eight koans that make up Mumonkan: The Gateless Gate, used by Zen students to this day, wrote:

    The Great Way has no gate;
    Thousands of roads enter it.
    When one passes through this gateless gate,
    One walks freely throughout heaven and earth.

After six years of rigorous self-inquiry, Mumon had an insight when he heard the beat of a drum. Was it his monastery's fish-shaped wooden drum that accompanies sutra-chanting? Or the "loud, reverberating sound by quivering the wings, said of the ruffed grouse."?

By avoiding the dogmatic, our species was conceived within a fathomless shadow with words that endow essentially a symbolic language, although it is frequently thought of as instrumental by those who practice it. It is a way of acting out and so saying something that is considered important, and, because the magic is so effective in saying what it does, it is thought of as our quest for nature in the act of recreating itself.

A wall of red bricks
built in the shadow
of a sycamore tree.

Authenticity advances the edge of who we are, technologically or not, with youthful enthusiasm in the style of old age. In this way, each one of us assumes a path that leads to the runes of the Gateless Gate.