The ultimate wisdom of Asia, brought to a focus in Zen House, is the realization that truth and reality must never be sought on the plane of opposition. It is the essence of idolatry to accord with what is less than the whole. Zen keeps humans away from the idolatry inherent in every form of partisanship. This sixteenth-century
Chanjia Guijian (A Paragon of Zen House) has this distinct Zen spirit, which has been revealed in the eighth-century
Liuzu Tanjing (ThePlatform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch), the tenth-century
Chuan Deng Lu (TheTransmission of the Lamp), the eleventh-century
Biyanji (The Blue CliffRecord), and the thirteenth-century
Mumenguan (The Gateless Gate).