A Master saw a disciple who was very zealous in meditation. The Master said: “Virtuous one, what is your aim in practicing Zazen (meditation)?”

The disciple said: “My aim is to become a Buddha.”


Then the Master picked up a tile and began to polish it on a stone in front of the hermitage.


The disciple said: “What is the Master doing?”

The Master said: “I am polishing this tile to make it a mirror.”


The disciple said: “How can you make a mirror by polishing a tile?”

The Master replied: “How can you make a Buddha by practic­ing Zazen