Friday, August 21, 2015

A Zen Koan - Everyday Life is the Path



Joshu asked Nansen: `What is the path?’
Nansen said: `Everyday life is the path.’
Joshu asked: `Can it be studied?’
Nansen said: `If you try to study, you will be far away from it.’
Joshu asked: `If I do not study, how can I know it is the path?’
Nansen said: `The path does not belong to the perception world, 
neither does it belong to the non-perception world. 
Cognition is a delusion and non-cognition is senseless. 
If you want to reach the true path beyond doubt, 
place yourself in the same freedom as sky. 
You name it neither good nor not-good.’

At these words Joshu was enlightened.



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