In the Pursuit of Direction -A Zen Story-


There once was a monk in a desperate pursuit of enlightenment and freedom. Throughout his journey he had studied with the great masters who had told him tales of past enlightened beings that had lived amongst the forests. Though he traveled to the vast corners of the earth in his freedom search, he never seemed to find a completion in any of the words, stories, or rituals from whom he studied. An emptiness perhaps?
This all came to a simple climax one day when he was wondering in the woods listing to the birds call and the stream flow, when the word came out of nowhere striking his conscientiousness. “EMPTY!” He screamed! He had realized the truth. After this sharp eye-opener he turned to the forest and said, “And there you are!”.

By: Thomas McGregor © 2011


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