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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.

(from The Gateless Gate)

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Be well, and at peace,

Phil

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