Story To Reflect Upon 63, 64

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Story To Reflect Upon 63, 64

  1. 1. Story To Reflect Upon 63 SELF- CONTROL One day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zen temple. 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 I did 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 we have 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 didn't say anything. "What are you laughing at?" asked the teacher. "That wasn't water," the monk replied, "it was a large glass of soy sauce." People's Reactions To The Story - Reflections * "I see this sort of behavior often in men. They feel they have to put on a front to appear to be something that they are not." * "Sometimes the calmest looking person in an emergency situation is really the most nervous." * "This reminds me of people who think they are so great and are always bragging about it. Admitting that they are wrong is the hardest thing in their lives, when it should be something that's very natural." * "Sometimes, when you're in a very stressful situation, you aren't aware of your actions until someone else points it out." * "To conquer one's mind is the greatest challenge. To have a mind that is truly calm, composed and equanimous requires continuous and ardent training and development of the mind."
  2. 2. Story To Reflect Upon 64 Bad Temper There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one." Reflections * The mental defilement of Dosa ( Anger, hatred, ill will, jealousy, temper and resentment ) is a very terrible one ... it can drive a person to do irrational and wrongful actions that can hurt others. * One has to be always mindful of one's thoughts, speech and actions lest one hurts another through them. * One can practise the Meditation on Loving-kindness to curb anger and ill will.

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