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(What Would Buddha Do?)

Late last night as I was looking through a book of stories, this story caught my attention.
I thought it would make a good addition to my storytelling blog.
Apparently my subconscious loved the story because even in my sleep and in my first waking moments the story was still with me.
So I have decided to "exorcise" it by putting here.


There was once a famous artist who decided that he wanted to study the works of Buddha and attain enlightenment.
He thought that the best way to do this was to seek the most famous and wisest teacher and ask him,
"What was the most important thing that Buddha taught?"

The artist traveled to the other side of the world to find the teacher he sought.
When at last he found the teacher, he asked him, "What was the most important thing that Buddha taught?"

"Do not harm anyone and only do good," was the teacher's immediate response.

"What?" shouted the indignant artist. "You are the most famous of teachers! You are supposed to be wise beyond your years!
And this is all you can tell me? A three year old could have told me the same thing!"

The teacher, who had sat quietly through the entire speech, looked at the artist and said,
"A three year old could have said the same thing but it is a very difficult thing to practice, even for one as old as myself."

(A Zen tale retold by LLL, Storyteller)


Yes, this teeny little story has been stuck in my head all night and half the day. Why?
Aside from the fact that I like stories, I think that it's because it's so simple a truth…….but not so simple to practice.
Makes you think.

I will leave you with 2 quotes from Buddha…………
We are the result of what we have thought.
A single quieting word is better than a long speech.

Love, Laughter, Peace and Blessings!
Z

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CrazyCraveman

Mar 23 @ 2:38PM  
Apparently my subconscious loved the story because even in my sleep and in my first waking moments the story was still with me.


I'll be damned, the very thing happens to me all the time...

When I read an erotic story written by SxzeNewMe...
whitecat812

Mar 23 @ 2:39PM  
Most wise a story...now where's my tricycle
clickedanad2

Mar 23 @ 2:48PM  
attempted to become one
with the snow
and make it go
away
wanna go out
and play
guess I need more
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
openmindedguy71

Mar 23 @ 2:48PM  
A quote I always loved though it isnt Buddha

It is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to speak and remove any doubt.
mcroxton

Mar 23 @ 3:19PM  
I have a little button that says, "What would Buddha do?" Every time I see something that says, "What would Jesus do?" I think to myself... but, "What would Buddha do???"

I like the story! It's so true though - and so are the quotes.

How'd you get to be so wise????
NachoBaby

Mar 23 @ 6:02PM  
I always thought that the most important lesson Buddha taught was.. be still.
Souluv

Mar 23 @ 10:50PM  

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