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 accompany your.
If useless things do not hang in your mind,
Any season is a good season for you.


Blackies–Fall is Here

Kate & I went to Blackies in Newport on a cloudy cruddy day

There was no surf, but we had fun.

We drove in Lisa’s van to save money on parking.




After surf we hit starbucks–Kate had to wait in the car because she did not bring any clothing.

She had coffee cake & I had a large dark.

We hit the Jacuzzi at Blue Lake on the way home.