428. the guru’s behind

a student said, “guru, you are several days behind on your kōans.”

the guru replied, “perhaps you are just ahead.”

the student replied, “no.”

the guru replied, “but time is an illusion.”

the student said, “you only say that when you’re late.”

the guru replied, “lateness is an illusion.”

the student said, “so is the money i pay for your classes.”

“fine, fine,” the guru replied, “i’ll get to work.”