genkakukigen, who describes himself as “an old, fat and lazy Zen Buddhist,” told this brief story about his Zen teacher:
I once asked my Zen teacher why he didn’t make greater efforts to attract newcomers to the center he ran in New York. He was abbot of a monastery in Japan and had 40-50 years of experience under his belt. When I asked my bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed question, he looked at me quite seriously.
“No,” he said.
“No. That is not the way.
If people come, we welcome them.
If they don’t come, we also welcome them.”
What words of wisdom!
[From a comment to me in a thread at Bilgrimage.]