Zen Teachings

Ordinary Mind

“Ordinary mind is the Way. What is an ordinary mind? — A mind without pretense, without dualistic thought of love and hate, right and wrong, acceptance and rejection, holy or mundane.”


“Practice is like adjusting the focus of a camera. After it reaches the right position, by pressing the shutter, it will show the ‘original face’.”


“Our true nature is real and eternal, filling us with loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. But the constantly changing mind of ordinary beings is deluded and unreal. Thus we must cultivate our mind through insightful contemplation so that we may return to the true reality of life.”

(from Towards Perfect Completion of Life, Zen Words by Chan Master Hui Lu)

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