395. tomorrow and tomorrow

a student came to the guru and said, “you say that the goal is zenlightenment, and so we obtain bodhi, and we work, and we teach, and we share our #zen with others, and yet still, none of us are zenlightened. tell me, when will i become zenlightened?”

the guru said, “tomorrow.”

the student was stunned by this answer. and he left the guru and waited twenty-four hours. when he came back, he told the guru, “guru, you lied to me. i am still not zenlightened!”

the guru said, “i said tomorrow, not today.”