Buddhism | The Empty Boat

Lesson from a Monk | The Empty Boat …

A monk decided to meditate alone, away from his monastery.
He took his boat out to the middle of the lake, moored it there, closed his eyes and began meditating. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly felt the bump of another boat colliding with his own.

With his eyes still closed, he felt his anger rising, and by the time he opened his eyes, he was ready to scream at the boatman who had so carelessly disturbed his meditation. But when he opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that it was an empty boat that had struck his own. It had probably gotten untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.

At that moment, the monk had a great realization.

If a man is crossing the river and an empty boat collides with his own skiff, even if he is not a bad tempered man, he will not get angry, but if he sees a man on the boat, he will shout at him to steer clear, if the shout is not heard, he will shout again, and yet again and begin cursing, and all because there is somebody in the boat, yet if the boat were empty he would be shouting and not angry, if you can empty your own boat, crossing the river of the world, no one will oppose you, no one will seek to harm you.

🥀 Chuang Tzu

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