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« on: December 19, 2008, 03:31:16 PM »
Joshu asked Nansen:  What is the path?

Nansen said:  Everyday life is the path.

Joshu further asked:  Can it be studied?

Nansen replied:  If you try to study, you will be far away form it!

Joshu then asked:   If I do not study, how do I know it is the path?

Nansen further clarified:

The path does not belong to the perception world.  Nor does it belong
to the non-perception world.  Cognition is a delusion.  And non-
cognition is senseless.  Place yourself in the same freedom as the
Space. You name it neither good nor not-good.

At these words, Joshu was enlightened!

Mummon's Comments:

Nansen could melt Joshu's frozen doubts at once, when Joshu asked
his questions.  Though Joshu reached the point that Nansen did,
he needed thirty more years of study of Zen.

In spring, hundreds of flowers, in autumn, a harvest moon.
In summer, a refreshing breeze, in winter, snow will accompany you.
If useless things do not hang in your mind,
Any season is a good season for you!

(Source: Gateless Gate. Nyogen Senzaki.  Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.