Koan #10

Everyday life is the path.

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.