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  1. The true zen meaning of this is that if you take the difficult (dai – big/strong/hard) path (do – way/road) in life, when you achieve your destination, the gate (mon) will be empty (mu)…that is, having taken the tough path in life, wherein others will fall by the wayside because of lack of application, you will find no one blocking your way through the final gate…you will be the only one there!

    Nietzsche, the German philosopher would put it less prosaically as: “LIFE is a well of delight; but where the rabble also drink, there all fountains are poisoned.”

    I suspect that in Buddhist thought dai-do-mu-mon means that if you apply yourself to the “way” sartori will be yours…

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