Photo credit: Josh Bulriss

The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate.
— Thich Nhat Han



Photo credit:  Josh Bulriss Gallery


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.