Joshu Washes the Bowl
A monk told Joshu: `I have just entered the monastery. Please teach
Joshu asked: `Have you eaten your rice porridge?'
The monk replied: `I have eaten.'
Joshu said: `Then you had better wash your bowl.'
At that moment the monk was enlightened.
Mumon's Comment: Joshu is the man who opens his mouth and shows
his heart. I doubt if this monk really saw Joshu's heart. I hope he
did not mistake the bell for a pitcher.
It is too clear and so it is hard to see.
A dunce once searched for fire with a lighted lantern.
Had he known what fire was,
He could have cooked his rice much sooner.
A Zen koan from the classic collection The Gateless Gate.
Original transcription by Ben Walter and Adam Fuller of iBiblio.