The Daily Dharma – December 1, 2021

Photo by Ash Edmonds

Calling Card

Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meija era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto. One day the governor of Kyoto called on him for the first time.

His attendant presented the card of the governor, which read: Kitagaki, Governor of Kyoto.

“I have no business with such a fellow,” said Keichu to his attendant. “Tell him to get out of here.”

The attendant carried the card back with apologies. “That was my error,” said the governor, and with a pencil he scratched out the words, Governor of Kyoto. “Ask you teacher again.”

“Oh, is that Kitagaki?” exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card. “I want to see that fellow!”

from 101 Zen Stories

as printed in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones