Stories 41: The Special Way

A Zen monk asked his master, ” Is there a special way?”

The master replied, “Yes, there is one.”

“Which is it?”

“When one is hungry, one eats: when one is tired, one sleeps.”

“That is what everybody does; is their way the same as yours?”

“It is not the same.”

“Why not?”

” When they eat, they do not only eat, they weave all sorts of imaginings. When they sleep, they give rein to a thousand idle thoughts. That is why their way is not my way.”

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