Saturday, March 10, 2007

Go easy

Once upon a time there was a man who wanted to become a wise man. So he went to a buddhist teacher and asked him what to do to become like him. And the teacher said he should wait for one day and observe while he speaks to other people who come to him for advice. At the end of the day the man said that he didn't get an answer for his question. So the teacher took him to the garden and showed him a pine tree and an apple tree. The man still didn't understand what he's trying to say. So the buddhist teacher explained: "these trees have been sitting here in silence for years without asking themselves why one doesn't resemble the other. They are just different. Nobody can tell you how to become a wise man... you just start by being yourself, because it's the only thing you will ever really be able to do."

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