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Jinniu Dances Before the Meal (BCR74)


Each day at mealtime, Jinniu took the food to the front of the hall and danced and laughed heartily saying, “Bodhisattvas come and eat your rice!” 

(Xuedou comments: That teacher wasn’t being kind hearted.) 

Later a student asked another teacher, “In the old days someone said, “Bodhisattvas, come and eat your food” What did the teacher mean?”

The teacher replied, “That’s a grace before the meal.”

—Blue Cliff Record 74 (transl. John Tarrant)