Thursday, 17 December 2015


14. What is Master Nansen's 'ordinary mind'? A philosopher will provide definitions for 'ordinary', 'mind', and the compound 'ordinary mind'. These will be placed within a discourse that is discursive, logical, rational. A scholar will expand the philosopher's framework and investigate and discuss a range of issues, including problems to do with translation, from one language to another, from one culture to another, from one historical period to another, and so on. Useful as all this is, Zen tends to cut to the chase. Master Mumon Ekai presents a verse. It goes like this:

          spring flowers, summer breezes,
          autumn moon, winter snow -
          the uncluttered mind
          your best season.


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