A story about workplaces and days

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There’s a story that Ed Brown, the Zen chef , tells about his early days with his teacher, Suzuki Roshi. Ed was the head cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Centre in California in the 1960s and was well known for his volatile temper.  Once, in a fury, he went to his teacher and complained about the state of the kitchen: people didn’t clean up properly; people talked too much; people were distracted and unmindful.  It was chaos on a daily basis.  Suzuki Roshi’s reply was simple: “Ed, if you want a calm kitchen, calm your mind”

Found in Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, with thanks to Bianca for the loan of the book

photo jeppestown

One thought on “A story about workplaces and days

  1. I just bought that book, it was just the right book for me at this time. I had never heard of her until I started reading your blog, so thanks for the book advice.

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