‘Dropping off body and mind is good practice. Make a vigorous effort to pierce your nostrils. Karmic consciousness is endless, with nothing fundamental to rely on, including not others, not self, not sentient beings, and not causes and conditions. Although this is so, eating breakfast comes first.’ (Extensive Record, 306)

I was very happy to find this one. It may be that I am taking it too literally, being a big fan of breakfast (and as such rather dismayed when I first arrived at Zen Center and discovered I had to get through more than two hours of the morning schedule before being able to eat). It may be that he is echoing Joshu – you can’t wash your bowls unless you have first eaten your breakfast.

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