Short Story: The sleeping Zen master, and his dog
November 24, 2022 10:06pm CST
The old Zen master, Restive Zerbruski, was getting so old, that he would sometimes fall asleep, right in the middle of one of his talks. None of his students would wake him up, but his pet dog, Zero, would bark, exactly ten minutes into his sleep. The master would then wake up, and finish his talk, not missing a beat, and as if nothing had happened. One day, this happened again, but this time, the old master did not wake up. He was dead. The dog stopped barking, went to his master, and licked his cheek. It was his goodbye to his master. The dog then run off, out of the monastery, and it was never seen again, until the day that it died. The dog outlived his master, but his master never outlived him. The dog was a part of his master, his master was a part of him. Friends in life. Friends in death. Zen is a dog which knows you're not its bone, but its friend. Zen befriends you, when you befriends it. Years passed, and one day the dog returned to the monastery, barked once, waited ten minutes, and barked once more again, then it died. The monastery monks buried it next to its old master. They were one in Zen, again. Photo Credit: The photo used in this article was sourced from the free media site, pixabay.com The Zen master was the only master the dog ever wanted. He loved his master, and so he came back to him just before he died.
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They had an ethereal bonding but then animals seem to have that provided we care to connect with them. We have birds visiting us every day demanding food even and also sharing it with others. We have to pause and learn from them the very basics of loving, sharing, and caring. The Zen master and the dog showed the way to others the way of living by example, sort of “put your money where your mouth is”
@innertalks Thanks Steve, we should take all on board that they are also here for a purpose and then an inclusive journey unfolds. We are meant to be caretakers and not exploiters with a devil-may-care attitude. We tend to have a blinkered outlook though to corner even those we do not need with a take we are owning them to the exclusion of others more in need of them.