Everything Changes

Facing the odds with a question of life, …

“Suzuki Roshi, I’ve been listening to your lectures for years,” a student said during the question and answer time following a lecture,” but I just don’t understand.  Could you just please put in it in a nutshell?  Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?”

Everyone laughed.  Suzuki laughed.

“Everything changes,” he said.  Then he asked for another question.

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Nature’s Beauty

This is tale of life between the young and old…

A priest was in charge of the garden within a famous Zen temple. He had been given the job because he loved the flowers, shrubs, and trees. Next to the temple there was another, smaller temple where there lived a very old Zen master. One day, when the priest was expecting some special guests, he took extra care in tending to the garden. He pulled the weeds, trimmed the shrubs, combed the moss, and spent a long time meticulously raking up and carefully arranging all the dry autumn leaves. As he worked, the old master watched him with interest from across the wall that separated the temples.

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The Cracked Pot

This is a story of a cracked pot who is faced with fulfillment issues, though it is based on it’s own perception…

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

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Parable of the Pencil

Here is a story about a pencil.  At a point of our lives, we have picked up a pencil.  During the course of growing up, it evolved into pens, mechanical pencils, and keyboards.  While there are crayons and markers that helped us on our journey, lets focus on the main instrument we use in our writing.  The Pencil Maker story goes to the root with a wooden pencil…  

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

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The Stonecutter Story

The story of the stonecutter originated as a Japanese folk tale.  It paints a picture of change and ourselves going through the evolutions of life…

“There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.

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The Wise Old Cherokee Story

This is an old wise tale about good and evil, choice, and the way of life…

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A battle is going on inside all of us,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves. One is evil, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good, joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.”

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