Zen

Should I have meat and alcohol or not?

One day an official asked Master Majo, “Should I have meat and alcohol or not?” Majo said, “Having them is a national salary and not having them is Buddha’s blessing.”

 

Student: “What is the difference between a national salary and Buddha’s blessing?”

Master: “You have to pay for the former but not for the latter.”

Student: “I still don’t understand why.”

Master: “Because the former becomes your debt since it comes from outside, but the latter is originally yours.”

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Commentary:

Starving before delicious food for the sake of Buddha’s blessing is distorting Buddha’s teaching that Buddha’s blessing is limitlessly full.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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