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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tigers and Mice and Strawberries... Oh My!

Tigers and Mice
and Strawberries...

Oh My!

A Zen Tale
One day
while walking through the wilderness
a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger.
He ran
but soon came to the edge of a high cliff.
Desperate to save himself,
he climbed down a vine
and dangled over the fatal precipice
As he hung there,
two mice appeared from a hole in the cliff
and began gnawing on the vine.
he noticed on the vine
a plump wild strawberry.

He plucked it
and popped it in his mouth.
It was incredibly delicious!

This Zen tale's ending
has been changed from the original
for a Western audience.
So now, it is also a bit of a koan

The question is...

Is this a tale of
a wise person
a foolish one?
By being present in the moment
and savoring the strawberry
was he being mindful and wise?

by focusing on the strawberry,
was he distracted and foolish?

Is there another  answer?
© 2020 MU-Peter Shimon

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