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

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Grasshopper

or Full Awareness
The Grasshopper
Full Awareness
The Grasshopper
After ten years of apprenticeship,
Tenno achieved the rank of Zen teacher.

One rainy day, he went to visit
the famous master Nan-in.

When he walked in,
the master greeted him with a question,

"Did you leave your wooden clogs
and umbrella on the porch?"
"Yes," Tenno replied.
"Tell me,"
the master continued,
"did you place your umbrella
to the left of your shoes, or to the right?"
Tenno did not know the answer,
and realized that he had not yet
attained full awareness.

So he became Nan-in's apprentice and studied under him
for ten more years.
Wide Awake
© 2013 MU-Peter Shimon

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