--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Jim " <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Thank you Jim for coming out with a comment on this very good indeed
post from Bill. Post has been so much that I couldn't find this post
and say something to Bill.
I've heard this story before but it never had such a profound impact
as this time. Thanks a lot for it.
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> In a recent post I wrote:
> >(CAVEAT: I'll use the terms 'right and wrong' in this post,
> >but in actuality these concepts are maya.)
> >The short answer to that question is 'you already know'.
> >You already know what to do in any situation - this is your Buddha
> I drew a very subtle distinction between 'right and wrong'
and 'what to do'. Since Margie recently very successfully explained a
point of hers by reciting a story, I will follow her lead:
> One day a zen monk was travelling between monasteries.
> Soon after starting his journey he passed near a river where her
heard a lot yelling. Several people were gathered around the lake
calling for help. Their young daughter had slipped off the bank and
was floundering in the water about 10 feet from shore. The river
current was pulling her downstream. None of the other people could
swim so they could not save her. The monk immediately took off his
robes, dove into the water and pulled out the drowning girl. Everyone
thanked him profusely and offered him money and alms in thanks. He
politely declined them, dried himself off and continued on his way.
> About noon he passed a small village where he saw smoke billowing
from a large house. The townspeople were running around in circles
trying to find enough water to put out the flames. One woman was
crying and pleading for someone to save her son who was trapped in
the burning house. The monk without hesitating ran into the burning
building and up the stairs inside. He found the child passed out on
the floor and just barely made his way down the stairs again and out
of the house, receiving some minor burns on the way. The woman was
very happy and in thanks offered him much gold and riches, and to buy
him a fine new robe to replace his singed and dirty one. He declined
and only accepted some water and some food for his journey.
> When he arrived at the other monastery late that night the Master
there asked him, "You're very late! What happened on your journey?"
> The monk replied, "Nothing special."
> The monk replied 'nothing special' because every act he did, every
step he made, every breath he took was nothing special. He did what
he did because was what he needed to do in the particular situation.
None of the acts were 'good or bad'. They were just acts, just what
he does, just a reflection of him moving through the countryside -
> P.S. Yes, Al - I am posting a response to my own post just to DRIVE
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