Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors 2

This Zen story, Simple Miracles about the simplicity of life and present, is part of an eBook series 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.



Bankei was a renowned Japanese Zen master who was honoured with the title of “national teacher” after his death.



One day the disciple of another master met him and enquired, “My master can perform many miracles. He can walk on water. When his disciples stand on one river bank with a sheet of paper, he can write on it standing on the other bank. What can you do?”

“Here we don’t do much. When we’re hungry, we eat. When we’re thirsty, we drink. When sleepy, we sleep. That’s all. No Miracles,” replied Bankei.



Notes: All miracles have no use. They are just maya or illusions. It’s just make believe, it tricks the mind. The simple things in life are the most profound. Simplicity without the complexities of knowledge, conditionings and beliefs is what man needs to understand and be one with nature. One has to free himself of these to attain realization. And that is Zen.