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The Little Monk and the Samurai: A Zen Parable

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Photo: seamlessgem/Flickr

Photo: seamlessgem/Flickr

A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.

“Monk!”

He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.

“Teach me about heaven and hell!”

The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,

“Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything. You’re dumb. You’re dirty. You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight. I can’t stand you.”

The samurai got furious. He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage. He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.

Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,

“That’s hell.”

The samurai froze, realizing the compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell! He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.

The monk said softly,

“And that’s heaven.”

~ from the book “Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values”

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Written by MattAndJojang

May 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

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  1. A little humor, and a lot of truth. It’s a wonderful story – thanks for sharing it.

    shoreacres

    May 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

  2. A delightful, but at the same time powerful story about compassion and gratitude. Wishing that there is a little less anger and violence, and more compassion in our strife-ridden planet…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 17, 2013 at 8:08 am


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