How to Eat the Blame Zen Story

Zen Stories, Zen Habits, Zen Gardens

Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen master, Fukai, and his followers. In haste the cook went to the garden with his curved knife and cut off the tops of green vegetables, chopped them together and made soup, unaware that in his haste he had included a part of a snake in the vegetables.

The followers of Fukai thought they never tasted such good soup. But when the master himself found the snake’s head in his bowl, he summoned the cook. “What is this?” he demanded, holding yo the head of the snake.

“Oh, thank you, master,” replied the cook, taking the morsel and eating it quickly.

Dilesh Khadake

Founder & Director of McCoy Management Solutions Pvt Ltd