So, my face book quote for the day was from Takahashi's " Zen" where Dogen says " if we do not have enough rice to eat, then we shall simply drink boiled water, and sit." A dear friend of mine made a comment that; should they have no food, they simply run to Costco and load up... to which I reply, " I'm sure if Japan had a costco seven hundred years ago, Dogen Roshi would have sent a monk there now and then to restock...I have several within 10 minutes from me, a perk of living in Washington; so that's a frequent stop. Over all...a day without eating wont kill us..it's not good, but one day wont do us harm...so, we simply sit..and while sitting we forget the hunger, the urge for food, wondering if we can collect alms of rice, or coin for rice...for that moment....we are only sitting, and nothing more.
I by all means don't suggest starvation, but the principal of the saying comes to me like this: We sit...I'm hungry at the moment, but will not be when I sit...my koshi-ita on my hakama is pressing into me too tightly, but not when I sit, I have a head cold, a backache, and splinter under my thumb...but not when I sit. Why is it that there are none of these things while sitting? It is because I am sitting...there is nothing more to it..my splinter, cold, backache, koshi, and hunger will still be there when I am done sitting for the day, and can be delt with when appropriate.