‘I remember that a monk asked Touzi [Datong], “What are the causes and conditions of this single great matter?”
Touzi said, “Minister Yin asked me to open the hall and give a Dharma hall discourse.”
The teacher Dogen said: If it had been Eihei, I would not have spoken like this. Suppose someone asks me, “What are the causes and conditions of this single great matter?” I would just say to him: In the early morning I eat gruel and at noon I eat rice. Feeling strong, I practice zazen; when tired I sleep.’ (Extensive Record, discourse 191)
I would not have spoken like this. I would just say, in the early morning I make toast and coffee and at noon I eat a sandwich.