The Kitten and the Fly ~ A Zen Parable

monk and kittens

A young student approached the master who was seated in the garden and asked “Master, no matter how hard I try I just can’t achieve mindfulness.“

The master said nothing but pointed to a corner of the garden where a kitten was attempting to capture a fly. …

The kitten lunged, gasped and stalked the fly. Yet for all of her efforts , the fly stayed just out of her reach.

Finally the kitten wore herself out and curled up in a ball at the master’s feet.

The fly, promptly landed, of its own accord, right on the tip of the sleeping kitten’s nose.

The young student, seeing this, understood.




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