Master Ma's Ordinary Mind - Table of Contents

The Sayings of Zen Master Mazu Daoyi

“Ordinary Mind is itself the Way,” said Mazu Daoyi. See what this master has to say—and discover the extraordinary nature of your own “ordinary” life.

 

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Contents
Translator’s Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix
Author’s Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi
Part I: Ordinary Life Is the Way
1. The Salt and Miso Are Not Lacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2. Keep Yourself Unstained. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3. On a Beautiful Moonlit Evening. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
4. Lift High Your Eyes!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
5. How Natural. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
6. To Give Up Your Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
7. Sudden!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
8. Tending Cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
9. Is the Lake Full? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Part II: Don’t Just Sit There!
10. Whip the Cart, or Whip the Ox?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
11. Who’s Sitting, and Why?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
12. Messing with a Zazen Zealot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
13. Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t:
So What Do You Do?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
14. What Are You Seeking?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
15. How Can I Become One with the Way?. . . . . . . . 59
16. Long and Short . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Part III: Always Be Your True Self,
Independent and Free
17. “Virtuous Priest—” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
18. “Lecture Master—”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
19. Call and Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
20. Can You Drink the River Dry?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
21. Forget Bodhidharma, What about You?. . . . . . . . .83
22. Your Own Treasure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
23. A Swift Kick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
24. Withdraw Your Legs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
25. What If I Pretend to Be Enlightened?. . . . . . . . . . . 97
26. A Letter with a Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101
Part IV: Your Mind Is Buddha
27. I’ll Do It My Way, Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107
28. To Stop Children’s Crying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
29. Why Does a Boat Float in Water?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
30. I Want To, But Is It Okay?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
31. Someone’s Listening!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121
32. I Don’t Feel Like It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
33. That’s a Slippery Road! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129
34. Feeling Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
35. How Many Deer Can You Shoot
with a Single Arrow?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137
36. What Does It Mean to Attain the Way?. . . . . . . . 141
Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145
Appendix 1:
The Life and Teachings of Master Mazu
by Andy Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147
Appendix 2:
Lineage of Zen Patriarchs in China
Mentioned in This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151
Index of Names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153
About the Author and Translator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155