On meeting Buddhists in the woods, on plain clothes and catching rabbits

@urbandekay (18312)
February 20, 2012 3:28am CST
I walking my dogs in the woods near my home and approaching me are two Buddhist monks. I hail them and after exchanging greetings I ask them if they would like to exchange riddles? They start; A young monk asks his teacher for instruction on obtaining enlightenment, the teacher replies; first catch me a hare. Well the young monk sits under a tree and meditates on this when all of a sudden a hare runs out and collides with a tree. The monk takes it to his teacher and asks again for instruction on obtaining enlightenment. The teacher replies, ok, but first catch me one more hare, so the monk goes and sits under a tree, for the rest of his life. Though we all wore sandals, my clothes were simple and practical, theirs fanciful and ornate. If like me their riddle is clear, do you see the irony in their mode of dress? all the best urban
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@derek_a (10902)
20 Feb 12
As a Zen practitioner, I like these stories for which there is no real explantion, but leaves the student with a question that the mind cannot answer, because the answer is in the question. It doesn't make sense because if it did, then Zen would die... _Derek
@urbandekay (18312)
20 Feb 12
Then we have killed Zen, the monks and I R.I.P Zen all the best urban
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@urbandekay (18312)
20 Feb 12
Interesting, it seems simple to me all the best urban
@JohnRok1 (2051)
20 Feb 12
R.I.P Zen, Urban? Well, in spite of having been hailed as the best internet provider in terms of quality, Zen was too expensive for me.
@bunnybon7 (37733)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Feb 12
well thats a sad riddle. dont you think? i do see the irony of the dress. supposedly they are supposed to be very simple in their lifestyle.
@urbandekay (18312)
25 Feb 12
No animals were harmed in the making of this post I don't think it is sad when you understand it all the best urban
@JohnRok1 (2051)
20 Feb 12
First catch a tortoise (you know they're the ones that win the race).
@urbandekay (18312)
20 Feb 12
But easier to catch, thinks I all the best urban