A Zen Story

A Zen student asked: “One of these days I’m going to snap. Can you help me, please? Before I kill someone.”

The Zen master got up and slowly moved his face closer and closer to the student’s who was feeling very uncomfortable and finally said: “Okay, that’s close enough.”

Once the master sat back down at a reasonable distance, the student asked: “What the hell did you do that for?”

Now, the master got up, walked outside and up a slope so far that he could barely see the student.

After the master returned and resumed sitting silently, the student said: “Is this supposed to teach me something?”

The master explained: “How strange! When I was too close, I could not get a clear view. When far away, I could no longer see you clearly.”

The student said: “And yet, I miss the point.”

The master said: “Your anger is the result of being either too close or too far away.”

The student asked: “So, what do I do?”

The master said: “Find the right distance.”

(Reproduced here from http://aboutzen.wordpress.com with the author’s kind permission)


3 Responses to A Zen Story

  1. gopal says:

    Very nice interpretation.A different perspective. What I had all along understood was as Anger being an expression of disappointment. Good one Raghu



  2. Trisha says:

    this is too beautiful and as you know the truth. what a piece of priceless wisdom.

    thanks a lot for sharing it.


  3. Trisha says:

    i will check the site to see if i can gather some jewels too.


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