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Every Day Mind

Harada Rōshi spoke of a dialogue between Nansen Oshō (748 - ­834) and Jōshū Osho (778–897). In T'ang Dynasty China (618 ­- 907) Nansen Oshō was asked by then monk in training Jōshū: ‘What is the Way?' to which Nasen replied: ‘Everyday mind: this is the Way.’ Jōshū asked: ‘How do I direct my mind towards this Way?’ Nansen answered: ‘As soon as you try and pursue this Way with words, you at once go against it.’ Jōshū asked again: ‘But if I don’t pursue the Way, how can I ever know the true Way?’ Nansen answered: ‘The Way does not belong to knowing or not ­knowing. Knowing is delusion; and not­ knowing is blank consciousness. When you have really reached the true Way beyond all doubt, you will find it as vast and boundless as the great empty firmament. How can one ever know how to express this in words?’ With these words, Jōshū was enlightened and became Nansen Oshō’s disciple. 

Harada Rōshi added: “People often say things like ‘Keep an everyday mind.’ and ‘Act according to nature.’ yet it’s only through dedicated training that one attains a view of their ‘everyday mind’ and really acts according to nature.”

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