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zen story [13 Dec 2002|10:42am]

Az. made me a brown bag lunch to bring to work today. I feel pretty special.


Although it is not lunchtime, I am guiltily consuming the contents of my brown bag as I write this. My eyes dart furtively left and right, as though I could be caught at any moment.


Did yoga last night for the first time in a while. Glad it was mellow because I was in no mood for one armed handstands or any of that tomfoolery. Teacher read us some buddhist stories but they weren't as good as these.


Gutei's Finger


Whenever anyone asked him about Zen, the great master Gutei would quietly raise one finger into the air. A boy in the village began to imitate this behavior. Whenever he heard people talking about Gutei's teachings, he would interrupt the discussion and raise his finger. Gutei heard about the boy's mischief. When he saw him in the street, he seized him and cut off his finger. The boy cried and began to run off, but Gutei called out to him. When the boy turned to look, Gutei raised his finger into the air. At that moment the boy became enlightened.


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