Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
THREE BLOWS OF STICK
Visitor: Waddya think? Here's a try: A zen monk approached the roshi of her retreat and asked: "When sitting I should just sit. When eating I should just eat. What is it that decides to eat?"
What did the teacher reply?
CT: Three blows of stick.
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