Also, it is important to realize this life & world as perfectly "just what is" ... and we accept it all, are at one with it all, reject none of it ...
Dirty teeth, clean teeth ... each perfectly what they are, as they are, dirty teeth precisely dirty, each a jewel in its own way. ..................... Yet, brush brush brush each day!
You may recall the famous poetry slam in the "Platform Sutra of the 6th Patriarch". It is said that Shenxiu lost the contest with these lines ...
the mind a standing mirror bright.
At all times polish it diligently,
and let no dust alight.
nor is the mind a standing mirror bright.
Since all is originally empty,
where does the dust alight?
But, really, it is not that Shenxiu was wrong (in fact, their Master, Hongren, praised each in its way) and both are truly right at once ... both two sides of a complete view.
Throughout the day, as you prepare the meals, do not pass the time in vain. If your preparations are true, then your movements and activities will naturally become the deeds of nurturing the womb of the sage. The way to put the great assembly at ease is to step back and transform yourself.
It has been a long time
now since the name "buddha-dharma" came to be heard in our country,
From: Tenzo Kyokun - Instructions for the Cook by Eihei Dogen - Translated by Griffith Foulk