A zen master was walking in the woods when he encountered a tiger. The tiger pursued him and chased him off of a cliff. falling from the cliff, the zen master grabbed the root of a tree and held himself, dangling over the chasm with the tiger looking down at him, salivating. There was a strawberry plant growing out of the side of the cliff. How sweet they tasted.<br>
<br><div class="gmail_quote">On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM, Steve Castellotti <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:sc@puzzlebox.info">sc@puzzlebox.info</a>&gt;</span> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex;">


  
    
  
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    A student is on one side of a raging river. There are no bridges. He
    has no boat. He shouts out to the master on the opposite bank. “How
    do I get to the other side?” The master shouts back: “You are on the
    other side.”<br>
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    “A Zen master once said to me, ‘Do the opposite of whatever I tell
    you.’ So I didn&#39;t.” <br>
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    And of course:<br>
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    On 02/25/2011 03:22 PM, Molly Clare Wilson wrote:
    <blockquote type="cite">Why can&#39;t Buddha vacuum in the corner?<br>
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      The Buddha doesn&#39;t have any attachments.<br>
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      <div class="gmail_quote">On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM,
        Christina Olson <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:daravinne@gmail.com" target="_blank">daravinne@gmail.com</a>&gt;</span>
        wrote:<br>
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          vendor and says, Make me one with everything.
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          <div>The monk hands the vendor a $20.  The vendor gives him
            the hot dog, but nothing else. The monk says, where&#39;s my
            change?  Vendor says, Change comes from within.</div>
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                <div class="gmail_quote">On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:10
                  PM, Albert Sweigart <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:asweigart@gmail.com" target="_blank">asweigart@gmail.com</a>&gt;</span>
                  wrote:<br>
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                    ...the Master replied, &quot;I started selling a series
                    of self-help books<br>
                    and personal finance seminars.&quot;<br>
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                        On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM, Christina Olson
                        &lt;<a href="mailto:daravinne@gmail.com" target="_blank">daravinne@gmail.com</a>&gt;
                        wrote:<br>
                        &gt; The student came before the Zen master, and
                        asked, &quot;What did you do, before<br>
                        &gt; you were enlightened?&quot; The Master replied,
                        &quot;Chop wood, and carry water.&quot;<br>
                        &gt;  But the student was hoping to find
                        something to help him on his own path to<br>
                        &gt; enlightenment, and asked another question,
                        &quot;Master, what did you do after<br>
                        &gt; you became enlightened?&quot;<br>
                        &gt; The Master replied, &quot;Chop wood, and carry
                        water.&quot;<br>
                        &gt;<br>
                        &gt;<br>
                        &gt; On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM, Will
                        Sargent &lt;<a href="mailto:will.sargent@gmail.com" target="_blank">will.sargent@gmail.com</a>&gt;<br>
                        &gt; wrote:<br>
                        &gt;&gt;<br>
                        &gt;&gt; On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM,
                        Christina Olson &lt;<a href="mailto:daravinne@gmail.com" target="_blank">daravinne@gmail.com</a>&gt;<br>
                        &gt;&gt; wrote:<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt;<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; From what I&#39;ve read, the statement
                        is actually nuanced like this:  &quot;Do<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; what you wish: be your own master,
                        make your own decisions and moral code,<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; do not bow to an outside authority
                        for the sake of it.  Recognize,<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; understand, and accept the
                        consequences of your actions.  Choose and act<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; with awareness. Be at once prepared
                        to receive the benefits and punishments<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; of your decisions, and if you find
                        an outcome is unpleasant to you, you have<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; only the power over yourself to
                        change that.&quot;<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; It has a very Buddhist feel to it,
                        but without the drive towards<br>
                        &gt;&gt;&gt; &quot;enlightenment&quot; as a goal.<br>
                        &gt;&gt;<br>
                        &gt;&gt; At least to some Buddhists, the above
                        statement is itself Enlightenment,<br>
                        &gt;&gt; and &quot;enlightenment&quot; is for people who
                        can&#39;t face reality. :-)<br>
                        &gt;&gt; Will.<br>
                        &gt;<br>
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