481. the guru’s announcement

the guru declared, “i have decided that the kōans must end.”

“oh no!” said the banker, who knew that would be the end of his payments. “now?”

“no,” replied the guru, “after the 777th kōan.”

“oh,” said the banker. “that’s a long way away.”

“it’ll go by in an instant,” the guru replied.

in light of this announcement, the guru’s school has declared an everything-must-go sale: all items in the store are now free!