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."