One day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zen temple. Parts of
it even collapsed! Many
of the monks were terrified.
When the earthquake stopped the teacher said, "Now you have had the
opportunity to see how a Zen
man behaves in a crisis situation. You may have noticed that I did not
I was quite aware of what was happening and what to do. I led you all to
the kitchen, the strongest
part of the temple.
It was a good decision, because you see we have all survived without any
However, despite my self-control and composure, I did feel a little bit
tense-which you may have deduced from the
fact that I drank a large glass of water, something I never do under
One of the monks smiled, but didn't say anything.
"What are you laughing at? asked the teacher.
"That wasn't water," the monk replied, "it was a large glass of soy sauce."