ZEN STORIES TO PONDER ON
1Just Two Words
There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, noone was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Everyten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spendinghis first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. "It hasbeen ten years," said the head monk. "What are the two words you would liketo speak?""Bed... hard..." said the monk."I see," replied the head monk.Ten years later, the monk returned to the head monk's office. "It has been tenmore years," said the head monk. "What are the two words you would like tospeak?""Food... stinks..." said the monk."I see," replied the head monk.Yet another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk who asked, "What are your two words now, after these ten years?""I... quit!" said the monk."Well, I can see why," replied the head monk. "All you ever do is complain."
Points For Reflection
Is it our habit to complain, complain and complain ? There are times when wehave to make the best of the circumstances or situation we are in . Learn tocount our blessings and the good things that we have. Remember that inSamsara, nothing is perfect.
Patience, tolerance and forbearance are great virtues to develop. Without these,we often give up on many things that we start upon to do … Dhamma study,outreach work (Dana), meditation and so on.
There is a saying : “There’s no gain without pain!” The Path of DhammaPractice and cultivation is a struggle …it entails much effort, discipline, sacrificeand commitment. Remember Siddharta Gautama struggled for 6 long yearsbefore Enlightenment ….and he was a Bodhisattva with good paramis !Reflecting on this, we know that we, defiled worldlings have even to strugglemore !
A famous spiritual teacher came to the front door of the King's palace. None of the guards tried to stop him as he entered and made his way to where the Kinghimself was sitting on his throne."What do you want?" asked the King, immediately recognizing the visitor.