As I’m preparing for a public talk on Buddhist texts I come across this…
An old monk was sweeping the yard in a monastery under the scorching sun.
Another monk passed by and asked him, “How old are you?”
The old monk replied, “I’m seventy-seven.”
“You are so old! Why are you still working so hard here?”
“Well, because I’m here.”
“But why are you working under the scorching sun?”
“Because the sun is there.”
The teaching of this story is to act without worrying about the results, and strive for excellence without dwelling on it. If we put all our hearts into what we do without complaining, we can become one with the “Way”.
So my question for You is then, how can you best put your whole heart into what you’re doing and live in the now?
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