A Zazen Story

Follower:  Master, what can I do to get what you have?

Zen Master:  I don’t have anything that you don’t !

Follower:  …pretty deep, but you get to hit people with a wooden stick and I don’t !

Zen Master (suddenly) :  Enough chatting, ZAZEN TIME EVERYONE !

(to the Follower) Please, this time you do the stick and I do Zazen !

And that’s what the ambitious follower did.

When the time to hit the Master with the stick came, the Master said three words:


The Follower accomplished his duty,

but after that he never, EVER, envied his Master.


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