Zen : art of living now


Meditation is not a process of learning, But it is to get awaken to the mind and self …… and be aware of the working of mind and self…..which brings an understanding which cannot be conveyed through…. words. Zen became popular in Japan and is a product of Buddhism .Most Zen master rather that giving teachings and discourses, would create conditions or use absurd looking techniques to awaken the disciple.Zen stories are not the fiction. These stories are the incidents which really happened with the Enlightened beings and the Zen Masters, who worked or answered the disciples in order to point to bring the awakening in the self.

These short story can have a profound effect on the readers as they did to the listener, or might just pass away as an amusing, entertaining story, or even a meaningless story for some.

here is a wonderful simple Zen Story, hidden with profound meaning .

Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.

As the monks continued on their way, the one was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women, but you picked that one up on your shoulders and carried her!”

“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I set her down on the other side, while you are still carrying her.”

Epilogue ….. 

one monk is living in present and other is still in past …… 

many time friends ask why it is dificult to live in present so many time explain them with the example of a coin standing …… coin has head , tail and thin edge ……

head is future …..tail is past and both sides has flat surfaces and a coin can stay without balance on flat side so it is easy to remain in past or future as both are horizontal dimension of time and need no balance of mind ……. 

thin edge is present and it is a vertical dimension of timelessness and need balance of mind …… 

to remain on this thin edge of present with perfect balance of mind in the middle of duality of past and future is enlightenment : conversations with God. 

love all.

(c) ram0ram …….. freedom to right copy and share

One thought on “Zen : art of living now

  1. I love it! I many times am like the one monk who continues to carry the girl. To act, not to fret and to move on! And yet, most of the time I can act and not look back. No mattter what norms dictate! A great reminder! A great write! (Even when I wait it must be a decisive act and not simply being unable to decide)!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s