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19. Everyday LIfe Is The Path In The Gateless Gate

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The Gateless Gate, by Ekai, called Mu-mon, tr. Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps [1934] 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 melt Joshu's frozen doubts at once when Joshu asked his questions. I doubt though if Joshu reached the point that Nansen did. He needed thirty more years of study.

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1 Ben N = "Studying books and practicing meditation are only meant to prepare us for the true test: everyday life. Ultimately, being a good Buddhist is about being a good human being, and living each waking moment with compassion and awareness."
2 Ben N = "When we study life, we can only approach it from an intellectual perspective. We are detached and removed, unable to immerse ourselves in life and really live life, wide awake."
3 Ben N = "We can never really know the Dharma with the mind, and thus we can never really be sure we've got it right. We can only surrender, and abandon ourselves to it."