‘Ordinary Mind Is the Way’ (1)

Zhaozhou asked Nanquan, “What is the Way?” Nanquan said, “Ordinary mind is the Way.”  Zhaozhou said, “Shall I try to direct myself towards it?”  Nanquan said, “If you try to direct yourself towards it, you will move away from it.”

Student: “Why do we move away from Ordinary Mind if we direct ourselves towards it?”

Master: “Directing yourself towards your destination without knowing where you are standing makes no sense at all.”


Be sure to know where you are before directing yourself towards Ordinary Mind.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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