ZEN



Zen

Things are not
what they appear to be;
nor are they otherwise.

They take seriously
what the Absolute made for fun.

Sitting quietly, doing nothing;
Spring comes, and
the grass grows, by itself.

Entering the forest
he moves not the grass;
Entering the water
he makes not a ripple.


Zen

It is all about you.

The Zen master Huike was meditating by a river when a young man called Bimo interrupted him. "Master, I wish to become your disciple," said Bimo. "Why?" asked Huike. "Because I want to find Freedom."

Huike slowly got to his feet, and told Bimo to come with him into the water. They both entered the river. The master asked Bimo to put his head under the water. He then grabbed and held his head down! After a few seconds Bimo tried to come up for air, but the master held his head firmly under the water.

After a little while Bimo started to splutter and struggle to get up but Huike still held him down. Just before he drowned, Huike released him and said: "Come back and see me when you want to reach freedom as much as you wanted air just now.”


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