Monday, March 03, 2014

Ordinary Mind

Joshu earnestly asked Nansen, “What is the way?” Nansen answered, “Ordinary mind is the way.” 
Joshu said, “How do I direct myself toward it?” Nansen replied, “The more you seek after it, the more it turns away.”
 Joshu then asked, “Then how can I know it is the way?” Nansen answered, “The way does not belong to knowing or not knowing. Knowing is illusion. Not knowing is blank consciousness. When you have truly reached the way beyond all doubt, it is like the vastness of space, an unfathomable void, so how can it be this or that, yes or no?” Upon hearing this, Joshu came to a sudden realization.
Ordinary (adj.): with no special or distinctive features; normal

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