November 13, 2010

Koan Study: Wasting Time

Once a master asked a student “How is your practice?” The student replied that he burned incense regularly, meditated, chanted, read various texts, treated everyone he met with great compassion, and bowed 500 times per day.

The master said “You fool, you’re wasting your time!” The student said “What should I be doing then master?” The master replied; “You must burn incense, meditate, chant, read the texts, treat everyone you meet with great compassion, and bow 500 times per day! Why have you not been doing that? Wake up!”

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