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