Posted on: May 17, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The Zen master looked at the thief’s figure disappearing in the misty mountains, and constantly said with pity, “It’s so pitiful, I want to give you the whole moon to light your way down the mountain.”

There was a Zen master living in a thatched hut in the mountains, one evening when he returned from walking meditation, he saw a thief trying to take care of his thatched hut but couldn’t find anything. So he took off the outer garment he was wearing and stood outside the door waiting for the thief to come out, for he was afraid to frighten the thief.

As soon as the thief turned around, he met the Zen master, while the thief panicked, the Zen master said, “Dude! the long and hard road to the mountain to visit me, I could not bear to let him go home empty-handed, it’s late at night, put on this coat and come back to cool off. Saying this, he took the coat over the thief’s body. The thief was embarrassed, lowered his head and ran straight down the mountain, not daring to look back.

The Zen master looked at the thief’s figure disappearing in the misty mountains, and continued to sympathize, saying, “Very pitiful, I want to give you the whole moon to light your way down the mountain.

The Zen master replied, “Is that so!”


A few days later, when the Zen master was watching the sunrise with wide eyes, seeing that the robe he had put on the thief’s body a few days earlier was neatly folded and placed in front of the gate, the Zen master happily said: “Finally, I gave him the full moon.”

There is another similar story. In Zen master Tien Nhai’s monastery, there was a very playful monk who couldn’t stand the quiet and peaceful scene of the Zen sect. In the evenings, this monk often went to the back wall of the temple, put a chair to climb over the wall to go outside to play.

After the Zen master found out, he didn’t tell anyone. Once, this monk climbed the wall to escape, he followed behind and put the chair aside and sat there waiting for the monk to return. Late at night, when the monk returned, he didn’t know the chair had been moved, so he still climbed over the wall and put his foot down on the chair like usual to enter the temple, but as soon as he put his foot down, he felt the chair under his feet. I’m so soft and strange, I looked down and it turned out that I was standing on the shoulder of my teacher. Immediately, the monk’s soul flew away and knelt down, speechless. The Zen master immediately helped the monk to stand up and gently said: “It’s very foggy at night, be careful not to get wet and cold, hurry up and go to your room to rest.”

After returning to his room, the monk was restless and restless, did not sleep at night, afraid that the Zen master would reprimand him in front of the crowd. But the thing is the opposite, every day that passes, the Zen master does not mention the matter, nor tell anyone. The young monk felt very ashamed in his heart, from then on, he did not dare to go out to play but determined to study, eventually becoming a famous monk at the time.



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If you were a Zen master, how would you deal with these two things? In the first story, I think. Ordinary people will struggle with the thief or will shout “Thief, thief…”. The second story, for ordinary people, will bring the fault of the scholar monk to speak in front of everyone, then there will be a form of scolding and reprimanding for him.

If so, what would be the result? I think this could be the outcome, the first story: The thief will hurt or kill the Zen master or maybe the Zen master will hurt the thief and the thief will come back to take revenge on the Zen master. a day nearby. The second story, after the monk was reprimanded in front of everyone, he would feel very ashamed of his friends, in his heart of sadness and discouragement, eventually become a normal person, and could give up his lifestyle. meditation.

These two Zen masters do not behave like ordinary people like us, but use tolerance, wisdom, and compassion to change a romantic name into a famous monk. Humans are not saints so of course there are mistakes, towards those who make mistakes we should have an attitude generous tolerance. Silently but rather loudly rebuke this is the best method of education.

Tolerance is a good moral quality, forgiveness for people’s faults is like the spring wind that brings spring rain and permeates the plants and makes everything greener. Tolerance is more than gold, tolerance is an indispensable quality in each of us.


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