SOMEBODY ASKED THE MASTER, BOKUJU: “WE HAVE TO DRESS AND EAT EVERY DAY – HOW DO WE GET OUT OF ALL THAT?”
BOKUJU ANSWERED: “WE DRESS, WE EAT.”
THE QUESTIONER SAID:”I DON’T UNDERSTAND.”
BOKUJU ANSWERED: “IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, PUT ON YOUR CLOTHES AND EAT YOUR FOOD.”
What is Bokuju saying, what is he indicating? A very subtle indication. He is saying: We also do it – we eat, we dress – but we eat so totally that the eater doesn’t exist; only eating. We dress so totally that the dresser doesn’t come into being, but only dressing. We walk, but there is no walker, just the walk. So who is this asking to get out of it?
Look at the vast difference. Buddha would have said that all this is a dream; your eating, your dressing, your walking – and Bokuju says that you are a dream. Tremendous difference.
Bokuju is saying: Do not bring yourself in, simply eat and walk and sleep. Who is this asking to get out of it? Drop this ego; it is non-existential, and when you are not, how can you come out of it? Not that walking is a dream, but the walker is the dream. Not that eating is a dream, but the eater.