Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Buddha's Enlightenment Day

Dosho Port reminds us at Wild Fox Zen:

Zen lore has it that after sitting under the bodhi tree for seven days, the Buddha looked up, saw the morning star and roared his lion's roar, "I together with the great earth and all living beings, attain the Way." 

May we all commit to SEEING! And then may we all commit to being responsible with what we see!

Mayu was fanning himself. A monk approached and said, “Master, the nature of wind is all pervasive and there is no place it does not reach. Why then do you fan yourself?”

“Although you understand that the nature of the wind is all pervasive,” Mayu replied,” you do not understand the
meaning of its reaching everywhere.”

“What is the meaning of its reaching everywhere?” asked the monk again.

Mayu just kept fanning himself. The monk bowed deeply.

Dosho' Question:

What, I ask, did the monk see that he expressed by bowing?


1 comment:

Annotated Margins said...

Perhaps the length of the wind's arm.

Rohatsu. Thank you for the reminder. It is time to rekindle a tradition I have carried with me for the past four years; reading "The Light of Asia."