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Story to Reflect Upon 75, 76


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Two short Zen stories for reflection to grow in Wisdom

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Story to Reflect Upon 75, 76

  1. 1. St o r y To Refl e c t Up o n 7 5Working Very HardA martial arts student went to his teacher and saidearnestly, "I am devoted to studying your martial system.How long will it take me to master it?" The teachers replywas casual, "Ten years." Impatiently, the student answered,"But I want to master it faster than that. I will work veryhard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if Ihave to. How long will it take then?" The teacher thought fora moment, "20 years."Reflections From Peoples Comments* "The student is too eager. The master is trying to tell himthat he needs to learn patience first."* "Sometimes, if you try too hard, you just get in your ownway. It makes you anxious, which just blocksunderstanding. Some things have to develop naturally, bythemselves."* "You cant rush true learning. You have to take it one stepat a time."* "Live for the moment. Dont rush things and worry somuch about later. Let it flow. I would tell this story to thoseType-A personalities who are always pushing in life."* "The master is trying to tell the student to slow down,experience life, be self-aware. "* "People always want to get things over with as quick aspossible. They want to accomplish everything yesterday!"
  2. 2. Story To Reflect Upon 76 It Will Pass A student went to his meditation teacher and said, "Mymeditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or Im constantly falling asleep. Its just horrible!" "It will pass," the teacher said matter-of-factly. A week later, the student came back to his teacher. "My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! Its just wonderful! "It will pass," the teacher replied matter-of-factly. Reflections From Peoples Comments* "It is true that the only constant in life is change."* "Everyones life including their spiritual life has its ups and downsbut they pass. All one can hope for when the spiritual is in a down is tokeep it where it is until one can progress further."* "The wise teacher knows that life has its own cycles. There are gooddays and bad days."* "At times we feel bad and at times we feel good - that is life whetheryou are meditating or not."* "Do not get caught up in the "good and bad" or any of the dualities oflife because it is all temporary."* "Even the stone at the rivers edge experiences inevitable change, thewarmth from the sun, the coolness of the snow, the erosion of thewater. Nothing remains constant and we must always be prepared toadapt to the current conditions. "* "In the language of the Buddha (Pali): Anicca, anicca, anicca.Change, change, change. At every moment there is change, there isnothing permanent, there is Nothing to hold onto. No wonder in Zenawareness is the key! Who knows what change will bring?"* "This story demonstrates the impermanence of ALL things. Do notbecome attached to your bad feelings or to your good feelings forthat matter. They are both equal in the fact they will both cometo an end. Just experience things."
  3. 3. Don’t Wait For The BrickToo shook up for words, the man simply watched the little boy push hiswheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It wasa long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was verynoticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented sidedoor. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw abrick at you to get your attention!Reflection* So many people today in a fast- moving world havebecome so busy pursuing their career, fame and glory andmaterial wealth that they hardly have time to pause, ponderand reflect on the meaning and purpose of life.* So many have become less and less aware of or sensitiveto the untold plight and suffering of so many unfortunateones. We have become more self- centered and caught up insensual pursuits for the pleasure of ourselves.* Isnt it important in this short and uncertain life of ours todo the little that we can to reach out to others ... to bringsome joy and happiness to so many unfortunate ones.* One would have lived a life well, a life with meaning if onelives by the maxim :"SERVE TO BE PERFECT. ( This is the Compassionaspect of Dhamma practice )BE PERFECT TO SERVE." ( This is the Wisdomaspect of Dhamma practice.)* Doing Dana or charity is of utmost importance in theSpiritual Path.* One needs to develop or purify the mind ( essentiallythrough Meditation ) concurrently with the outreachwork. Otherwise one may be burnt out cannottruly grow spiritually .