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 nonperception world. Cognition
is a delusion and noncognition 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.
Mumon's Comment: Nansen could met Joshu's frozen doubts at once when Joshu asked his questions.
I doubt that if Joshu reached the point that Nansen did. He needed
thirty more years of study.
In spring, hundreds of flowers; in autumn, a harvest moon;
In the summer, a refreshing breeze; in winter snow will
If useless things do not hang in your mind,
Any season is a good season for you.
A Zen koan from the classic collection The Gateless Gate.
Original transcription by Ben Walter and Adam Fuller of iBiblio.