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February 1, 2011

Koan Study: Fast or Feast?

During a talk, Master Li said that everyone must fast for seven days. This proved to be very difficult for many. On the fifth day, one priest decided to ask Master Li if they could end the fast that day as many were suffering, mentally if not physically. When he walked into Master Li’s hut he found the Master enjoying a sumptuous meal. The shocked priest said “Master, why are you eating when you said that everyone should be doing a fast?” Master Li said, “Did I say fast? I meant feast. You should not have just listened to what I said, but instead found out what I was doing.”