The Six Ungraspables

A monk asked Unmon, "What is the Dharma Kaya [the formless, spaceless, timeless, colourless absolute]?" Unmon answered, "The six ungraspables."

This koan is typical of Unmon. It is short, simple, and extremely difficult. The Dharma Kaya is the absolute - above time, space, and form. The graspables are the six gates of human understanding: the fives senses plus mind. But Unmon says the absolute is something that cannot be put into these six channels. It is all inclusive, beyond sense and intellect. It is all and everything but cannot be said as such.


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