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Buddhadharma : Spring 2015
spring 2 0 1 5 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 63 Come Closer. Look. Zen teachings tell us that ordinary mind is none other than the path itself. As geoffrey shugen arnold explains, we can only see this truth if we look through unconditioned eyes. Main Case CoMMentary Verse Gateless Gate, Case 19: ordinary Mind is tao Chao-chou once asked Nanchuan, “What is Tao?” Nanchuan answered, “Ordinary mind is Tao.” “Then should we direct ourselves toward it or not?” asked Chao-chou. “If you try to direct yourself toward it, you go away from it,” answered Nanchuan. Chao-chou continued, “If we do not try, how can we know that it is Tao?” Nanchuan replied, “Tao does not belong to knowing or not-knowing. Knowing is illusion; not-knowing is blankness. If you really attain to Tao of no-doubt, it is like the great void, so vast and boundless. How, then, can there be right and wrong in the Tao?” At these words Chao-chou was suddenly enlightened. Questioned by Chao-chou, Nanchuan immediately shows that the tile is disintegrating, the ice is dissolving, and no communication whatsoever is possible. Even though Chao-chou may be enlightened, he can truly get it only after studying for thirty more years. Hundreds of flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, A cool breeze in summer, and snow in winter; If there is no vain cloud in your mind, For you it is a good season. photography by david gabriel fischer