For when this wise and deeper world opens, everyday life, even the most trivial thing of it, grows loaded with the truths of Zen. On the one hand, therefore, satori is a most prosaic and matter-of-fact thing, but on the other hand, when it is not understood it is something of a mystery. But after all is not life itself filled with wonders, mysteries, and unfathomabilities, far beyond our discursive understanding? — , Essays in Zen Buddhism
A monk asked Joshu to be instructed in Zen.
Said the master, “Have you had your breakfast or not?”
“Yes, master, I have,” answered the monk.
“If so, then wash your bowl,” was the immediate response, which it is said, at once opened the monk’s mind to the truth of Zen.