Eat your vegetables, Don’t ever run with scissors, Clean your room, Always wear clean underwear, Comb your hair every morning, Always say please and thank you, Always listen to adults, they know more, Be nice to animals and small children, Clean your room, Don’t go in the water for an hour after eating, Polish your shoes, Don’t play with sticks, you could put an eye out, Clean your room, Clear the dishes off the table, Get plenty of sleep, Clean your room.
And despite so very often not listening mother, here I am still getting by in this world, although my room is still messy.
If I ask you a where you are standing what will you answer? If I ask you where I am standing what will you answer? If I ask you a if we are standing in the same place and you answer yes a blow from the stick, if you answer no a blow from the stick, if you answer nothing a blow from the stick.
A reflection on Case 69 of Dogen’s Shobogenzo Koans (True Charma Eye)
To speak of hours of practice is not as good as 10 minutes engaged in practice. So, too, an hour speech on practice pales with even a moment of silence. But to be silent and also not practice is to turn your back on the path and blind yourself with your stick.
A reflection on Case 77 of the Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye) Koans