“He found his release and fulfilment in the classes in which he himself was a student. There he was able to recapture the sense of discovery he had felt that first day, when Archer Sloane had spoken to him in class and he had, in an instant, become someone other than who he had been. As his mind engaged itself with its subject, as it grappled with the power of the literature he studied and tried to understand its nature, he was aware of a constant change within himself; and as he was aware of that, he moved outward from himself into the world which contained him, so that he knew that the poem of Milton’s that he read or the essay of Bacon’s or the drama of Ben Jonson’s changed the world which was its subject, and changed it because of its dependence upon it.”

‘Stoner’ by John Williams

joshu asked nansen

Joshu asked Nansen, ‘What is the Way?’

‘Ordinary Mind is the Way’, Nansen replied.

‘Shall I try to seek after it?’ Joshu asked.

‘If you try for it, you will become separated from it’, responded Nansen.

‘How can I know the Way unless I try for it?’ persisted Joshu

Nansen said, ‘The Way is not a matter of knowing or not knowing. Knowing is delusion, not knowing is confusion. When you have really reached the true Way beyond doubt, you will find it vast and boundless as the cosmic heavens above. How can it be talked about on the level of right or wrong?’

With those words, Joshu came to a sudden realisation.