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« on: December 11, 2008, 11:02:33 AM »
Fugai, a Soto Zen Master, was lecturing in the hall about greateness
of eating one's own blame in life.  The cook in the monastery was also
listening to the lecture. Soon the lecture was over.  Fugai and the
disciples were hurrying the cook for the dinner.  The cook at that time
only knew that he had made only the rice and not the soup.  He hurriedl;y
went to the garden, picked up some vegetables, leaves etc., chopped
them and made a soup to go with the cooked rice.  He was unaware,
that he had included a snake in the vegetables!

The followers of Fugai said, after dinner, that they had never tasted such a
tastier soup.  But the Master himself found the snake's head in his bowl.
He summoned the cook and holding the snake's head, he asked:

What is this?

"O, Thank you Master," replied the cook taking the snake's head,
and eating it quickly!

The cook is the one who realled showed how to eat one's blame!

(Source: Zen Flesh and Zen Bones.  Paul Reps, Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.