"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Gift

or To whom does it belong?
The Gift

To whom does it belong?
There once lived a great warrior.

Though quite old,
he still was able to defeat any challenger.

His reputation,
extended far and wide throughout the land
and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior
arrived at the village.

He was determined to be the first man
to defeat the great master.
Along with his strength,
he had an uncanny ability to spot
 and exploit any weakness in an opponent. 

He would wait for his opponent
to make the first move,
thus revealing a weakness,
and then would strike
with merciless force and lightning speed. 

No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.
Much against the advice
of his concerned students,

the old master gladly accepted
the young warrior's challenge.

As the two squared off for battle,
the young warrior
began to hurl insults at the old master.
He threw dirt and spit in his face.

For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. 
But the old warrior

merely stood there

motionless and calm.

Finally, the young warrior

exhausted himself.

Knowing he was defeated,

he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed
that he did not fight the insolent youth,

the students gathered around

the old master and questioned him.

"How could you endure such an indignity

How did you drive him away?"
"If someone comes to give you a gift

and you do not receive it,"

the master replied,

"to whom does the gift belong?"

© 2013 MU-Peter Shimon

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