This humorous companion koan to Joshu's wash your bowls is meant to make some things clear about practice. Originally Joshu asks the monk, "Have you eaten? You have? Then wash your bowls." In a way he asks, "Have you gotten something?" The monk has, but it's inner and private. The washing is meant to wipe away any sense of having gotten something. But also, washing brings out the experience into functioning in the world. It's not about an inner experience, but about service. Do you take your practice off the cushion and into the world where you do something useful with it? Or do you use inner experiences to warm your hands by?