Ordinary Mind is the Way

 Joshu asked Nansen, "What is the Way?"

"Ordinary mind is the Way," Nansen replied.

"Shall I try to seek after it?" Joshu asked.

"If you try for it, you will become separated from it," responded Nansen.


How can I know the Way unless I try for it?" persisted Joshu.


Nansen said, "The Way is not a matter of knowing or not knowing. Knowing is delusion; not knowing is confusion. When you have really reached the true Way beyond doubt, you will find it as vast and boundless as space. How can it be talked about on the level of right and wrong?"


With those words, Joshu came to a sudden realization.


Mumonkan, Koan 19

Ordinary Mind is the way