The master Bankei's talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras not indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of...
PAINTING A SNAKE
Posted on Nov.15.2011 @ 07:37PM EDT by chontri
One day, a man painted a snake which looked like a real one. After done, he left the place.
Some day later, someone came and took a look at it for a little while and thought: "This is not exactely like a snake, it lacks something. It should be lacking some legs." That person immediately added some legs to the painted snake, then took another look at it and nodded: "Now, it looks better, alright," and left the place.
Then another person came in, looked at the painted snake and thought the same thing that the one just left. Then this person added as many legs as he could to the painted snake, looked at it a gain, nodded with satisfaction, and left the place.
A couple of days later, the man who first painted the snake got a chance to come back to the place and took a look at it again, but he could not recognize what he originally did. He just smiled and walked away.
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