ZEN STORIES: “WALKING ZEN”

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A long ago time ago in the hills of Quong Zu province, there once lived a revered old monk who was a master of Zen Buddhism.

One day he decided that he would make a pilgrimage to a neighboring monastery, and not wishing to make the journey alone, he decided to take along one of his young disciples.

They started their journey early the next morning and in the true spirit of Zen each walked along engrossed in his own thoughts, and so they journeyed for many hours without speaking. By mid-day they had come to a small stream and it was here that they noticed a young girl dressed in fine silk, obviously contemplating how best to cross the stream without getting her precious clothes wet.

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Immediately the old monk walked over to the young girl and in one smooth motion, he picked her up in his arms and walked out into the stream, then after carrying her safely to the other side, he gently put her down and walked on without having said a single word.

His disciple having watched this whole incident was in a state of complete shock, for he knew it was strictly forbidden for a monk to come into physical contact with another person. Quickly, he too crossed the stream, and then ran to catch up with his master, and together they once again walked on in silence. Finally at sunset they made camp and settled down for the night.

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The next morning after prayers and meditation the old monk and his disciple once again continued their journey, once again in silence.

After many miles, and no longer able to contain his curiosity, the disciple called to his master and said,

“Master may I ask you a question” ?

“Of course you may” his master replied, “knowledge comes to those who seek it”.

Respectfully his disciple said, “yesterday I saw you break one of our most sacred vows when you picked up that young girl and carried her across the stream, how could you do such a thing” ?

His master replied, “That is true, and you are right it is something I should not have done, but you are as guilty as I am” .

“How so” asked his disciple, “for it was you who carried her across the stream not I” ?

“I know” replied his master, “but at least on the other side I put her down”.

“You, however, are obviously still carrying her”.

(Author unknown)

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Remember:

If you find yourself carrying  an unnecessary burden, put it down,

your journey through life will be much easier without it.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. True and totally agree with this amazing and inspiring story, Amira and one has to simply unburden their burdens and let go of things not wanted at all. The other monk out of kindness had done this act but the other one simply held on cause they were taught and he thought it was a sin. Awesome pictures, loved them.

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    1. Thank you dear Kamal! Yes, the wise monk used his own discernment instead of following the rules, knowing he had no attachment and was free to do right actions, the other one stuck in his rules could not see beyond and carried his attachments throughout the journey… Thank you dear friend, I am so happy you enjoy these stories 🙂

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  2. Great story, dear Amira 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    From heart to heart
    Didi

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    1. Muchas gracias querido Didi! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂 De corazon a corazon, Amira

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      1. Por favor, querida Amira 🙂
        From heart to heart
        Didi

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