Zen Story: Everything is Best

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Another wonderful Zen story, also one of my favourites, taken from the book ‘Zen Flesh, Zen Bones’:

When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.

“Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer.
“Everything in my shop is the best,” replied the butcher. “You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best.”

At these words Banzan became enlightened.

How can everything be the best? It makes no sense, yet all is the best, everything is divine, sparkling with effervescent magic.

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