A monk told Joshu: “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”
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.
This is an amazing zen story! So simple, yet so profound. The monk was seeking some sort of spiritual teaching from Joshu, to which he simply asked him whether he had eaten his rice porridge. When the monk told…