S t o r y To Refle c t Upo n 77 Self- controlOne day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zentemple. Parts of it even collapsed. Many of the monks were terrified. When the earthquake stopped the teacher said, "Now you have had the opportunity to see how a Zen man behaves in a crisis situation. You may have noticed that Idid not panic. I was quite aware of what was happening and what to do. I led you all to the kitchen, the strongest part of the temple. It was a good decision, because you see wehave all survived without any injuries. However, despite my self-control and composure, I did feel a little bit tense - which you may have deduced from the fact that I drank a large glass of water, something I never do under ordinary circumstances." One of the monks smiled, but didnt say anything. "What are you laughing at?" asked the teacher. "That wasnt water," the monk replied, "it was a large glass of soy sauce." Reflections From Peoples Comments* "I see this sort of behavior often in men. Theyfeel they have to put on a front to appear to besomething that they are not."* "Sometimes the calmest looking person in anemergency situation is really the most nervous."* "Sometimes, when youre in a very stressfulsituation, you arent aware of your actions untilelse points it out."Training the mind in RIGHT MINDFULNESS is ofutmost importance ... in this life and in lives tocome.
Story To Reflect Upon 78 Sand and StoneTwo friends were walking through the desert. During some pointof the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped theother one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, butwithout saying anything, wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BESTFRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where theydecided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuckin the pool and was on the verge of drowning, but the friendsaved him. After the victim recovered from the near drowning,he wrote on a stone: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MYLIFE."The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him,"After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on astone, why?"The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, we shouldwrite it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase itaway. But, when someone does something good for us, we mustengrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."Reflection* We will gain great peace of mind if we learn to forgiveanother who has hurt us. Feelings of illwill, anger, hatred andrevenge will weaker the mind and make us suffer even more.* When we realize the impermanence or transiency of thingsand the absence of a real "I" or self, we begin to let go of thepast...of things rooted in greed, anger and delusion ... themind attains greater peace and freedom. * It is good to remember the kindness another has shown us. Gratitude is a virtue to practise. The grateful person is loved and relates well with others