dropped zen

“Somehow — I [Jakuso Kwong] didn’t drop it — the teacup. a temple treasure, dropped itself. You know how those things go? You’re positive you didn’t drop it, but somehow the teacup left the table. And I missed it and it fell on the floor and broke! And I felt so bad. And then Katagiri Roshi went, ‘Oh ooooooh.’ And then Suzuki Roshi went ‘ooooooh, ooooooh, ooooh, ooh, oh.’ Then my mind started working. I could glue it back together! But Suzuki Roshi came over and we picked up the pieces. And he took the pieces and he stuffed them into the garbage so deep that even my mind couldn’t get to them.”
~ “Dropped” Zen

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