If Ordinary Mind Is the Way
What Makes It So Hard to See?
Sunday March 28th 2021
Part of practice is seeing through our delusions, by allowing them to reveal themselves in their full glory.
On Sunday, PZI Teachers Allison Atwill, Michelle Riddle & Tess Beasley explore the slippery slopes and hidden treasures of our blinders, and how Zen's Ordinary Mind becomes a beacon of the Way.
Spring comes with flowers, autumn with the moon,
Zhaozhou asked Nanquan, “What is the Way?”
Nanquan said, “Ordinary mind is the Way.”
“Should I turn toward it or not?”
“If you turn toward it you turn away from it.”
Zhaozhou asked, “How can I know the Way if I don’t turn toward it?”
“The Way is not about knowing or not knowing. When you know something you are deluded, and when you don’t know, you are just empty-headed. When you reach the Way beyond doubt, it is as vast and infinite as space. You can’t say it’s right or wrong.”
With these words, Zhaozhou had sudden understanding.
—Gateless Gate, Case 19
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