(This is a chapter from Master Sheng-yen's latest book, Dharma Drum: The Life and Heart of Ch'an Practice.) Ch'an is often referred to as the "gateless gate." The "gate" is both a method of practice and a path to liberation; this gate is "gateless," however, which means that Ch'an does not employ any specific method to help a practitioner achieve liberation. The methodless method is the highest method. more