Time to Die
Ikkyuthe Zen masterwas very clever even as a boy. His teacher had a precious teacupa rare antique. Ikkyu happened to break this cup and was greatly perplexed. Hearing the footsteps of his teacherhe held the pieces of the cup behind him. When the master appearedIkkyu asked: "Why do people have to die?"
This is natural,explained the older man. "Everything has to die and has just so long to live."
Ikkyuproducing the shattered cupadded: "It was time for your cup to die."