Zen proverb 5 : Sottaku no ki


Hello. I am Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

I will introduce 5th Zen proverb “Sottaku no ki” today.

Sottaku means baby chicken breaking egg shell from inside and mother chicken pecking from outside.

Ki means timing.

If timing of breaking and pecking is not good , baby can’t be born and might be died. So timing is very important for birth.

We can replace “baby and mother” to “teacher and student” or “boss and subordinate.”

In any case, Making effort from baby and Support from mother are important and both must do one’s best.