32. Inch Time Foot Gem

 A lord asked Taku-An1, a Zen teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others.

    Taku-An wrote 8 Chinese letters and gave them to the man.

Not twice this day

Inch time foot gem.

This day will not come again.

Each minute is worth a priceless gem.


1. Taku-An