One day Turtle found Monkey feeding fish at the river.
”Have you noticed what happens when two fish go for the same
piece of food and only one gets it? What does the other one do?
and start a fight or sad and start crying?
No, they just turn away and search
for new food. We could learn alot from the fish.”
One evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”In the beginning you get all kind of thoughts, and they do
their best to convince you that meditation is all right for some people but
totally wrong for you. In my case meditation started out tedious and painful
beyond anything you would believe. Now i am happy i stayed on the path and get
the rewards of it.”
Hare spotted crazy Frog putting salt around his house. ”What are you doing that for?” Hare asked. ”To keep the giant snails away” crazy Frog replied ”But there are no Giant snails around here,” Hare objected. ”I know. Works good, right?” Mtfbwy Fugen
day a stranger appeared in the clearing, sought out Monkey and said that he had
a plan: He would spend a year with Monkey to get enlightened and then return
home and continue with life.
just smiled in response.
One evening by the fire, Monkey spoke to the animals:
“Meditation is much like washing
clothes in the river. In the beginninng when you put it into the water, some dirt comes out and dirties the
water. But the more you wash the clothes the less dirt there is. So, be patient
and keep washing.”
by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
an old story about a man who ran from his shadow and finally fell down
exhausted. The same goes with life. No matter how hard you pursue pleasure and
success there are time when you will fail. No matter how fast you run, Sometimes you will stumble.
It is much
better to appreciate and value what you have here, now, and build around that
than always live on the run.”
"Some very dubious people pose themselves as teachers
of the Dharma, but actually take advantage of others in their pursuit to
emphasize their own importance in the name of the Dharma. This is very
unfortunate, and partly happening because, when it comes to things like
spirituality, people are very gullible and forget the number one principle of the Dharma."
came by Mole who seemed to be working on something, so he asked what he was
a Zengarden", Mole answered," I'm working on a place where i can
relax and contemplate more and this place would be perfect if it weren'tfor that STUPID ROCK in the middle."
Monkey just smiled and went along.
Hi. One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
”There is an old story about a man who ran from his shadow and finally fell down exhausted. The same goes with life. No matter how hard you pursue pleasure and success there are time when you will fail. No matter how fast you run, Sometimes you will stumble.
It is much better to appreciate and value what you have here, now, and build around that than always live on the run.”
evening at the fire Monkey spoke to the animals:
you are worried about something, sit down, grasp the worry and hold it really,
Now watch what happens.
The harder you try to stay worried, the
more difficult it becomes and eventually the worry dissipates."
Hi. Lion came to Monkey and asked
for a thing that not only cheered him up when he was unhappy but also stop him
from being to proud and overbearing.Monkey smiled, took one of his ”laughing
Buddha”-statues and wrote ”This too will pass” on its
belly and gave it to Lion. Mtfbwy Fugen
Hi. Ostrich had agonized a long time on
whether or not to start meditating and eventually Monkey went over to him with a big
smile and said: "For goodnes sake, all you need to do is sit on your
backside and breathe. How hard can it be?" Mtfbwy Fugen
One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to
”Consider the river. It is in constant
motion and overcomes all objects. It revels in its power as it thinks noone is
equal to itself and then, eventually, it arrives at the ocean and realizes what
a fool its been.”
Two gorillas, who used to be friends, was
having a grudge and had decided to meet for a fight to the death. Monkey showed
up and asked: ”Tell me, this thing you have an grudge over does it have any
”None at all.” They replied. ”And your lives, limbs and blood does that
have any value for you?” ”Its priceless.” They replied. ”So you´re about to risk something
priceless for something of no value?” The gorillas decided not to fight after
all. Mtfbwy Fugen
One evening by the fire Monkey spoke to the animals: ”Buddhism is not a quick fix that you just apply quickly when something goes wrong and further, if you do it correctly it will change your life permanently.”