Two Inspirational Zen Tales: About Death and Spiders
Posted on Sep 12 2011 at 04:17:57 AM in Religion & Spirituality
Amongst the oldest stories told by man, Zen Stories are used as tools to open the mind into new ways of thinking. Ways of thinking that often do not follow what we would call rational thought. This goes to the heart of Zen. Moving yourself outside of what you would call normal or rational.
A Tibetan story tells of a meditation student who, while meditating in his room, believed he saw a spider descending in front of him. Each day the menacing creature returned, growing larger and larger each time. So frightened was the student, that he went to his teacher to report his dilemma. He said he planned to place a knife in his lap during meditation, so when the spider appeared he would kill it. The teacher advised him against this plan. Instead, he suggested, bring a piece of chalk to meditation, and when the spider appeared, mark an “X” on its belly. Then report back.
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