It goes something like this a Zen master was sent to a cave in the mountains and was told to practice meditation on one thing. This one thing was anger. After meditating for fifteen years straight he was beginning to get the hang of it. Then one day the Zen master made a surprise visit to the cave hermit’s abode high in the mountains of Tibet.
The cave hermit politely bowed to the Zen master and they proceeded to drink a cup of tea which the cave hermit was mighty grateful. They talked about the weather and how he was progressing on his meditation practices. He agreed that tackling anger was one of the most difficult Zen lessons, but now he was a master himself— as he proudly danced around and said: “Go ahead try to anger me. You will see nothing could get in the way of my peaceful state of mind.”
The Zen master called him a no-good rotten snake to no avail. He just laughed and said: “you could shoot arrows at me and it wouldn’t bother me. I am literally bulletproof and words don’t bother me —they are only words. I have learned that most difficult and valuable lesson. Thank you Master. ”
As the Zenmaster was about to leave he mentioned you know we really have it made. Zen followers always keep us in good food, warm clothes and blankets and all we do is sit around– it’s basically unfair don’t you think? Sweat started pouring from the cave hermit as he yelled: “Why did you come here— my life was perfect until you showed up.” He drew his sword and shouted: “I think I’m going to kill you.” With sword fully drawn he started to weep and realized who the enemy was.
Adapted from the writings of Pema Chodron
“I’m going to do something that even the devil wouldn’t do- leave you alone!”
—–DON’T HAVE A CLUE
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:” Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day. It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers.” Corsinet.Com
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your mind! You can always use it later on; however it may be attached to a skink, a slug, a sloth or a pot bellied pig.
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