What is ZEN?

A Frenchman asked a Zen master a question .

“ What is Zen ? ”

Instead of answering, the Zen master replied with a question of his own.

“ What do you do when your body is dirty ? ”

The Frenchman replied.

“ I take a shower or bath. ”

The Zen master inquired further.

“ What do you do when your mind feels dirty ? ”

The Frenchman couldn’t answer.

The Zen master said.

“ You do Zen meditation . When you quiet your body and your breath, your mind becomes clear. ”