Enjoying The Moment


"A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, "Why are you riding your bicycles?"

The first student replied, "The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!" The teacher praised the student, saying, "You are a smart boy. When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over, as I do."

The second student replied, "I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path." The teacher commended the student, "Your eyes are open and you see the world."

The third student replied, "When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant, nam myoho renge kyo." The teacher gave praise to the third student, "Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel."

The fourth student answered, "Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all beings." The teacher was pleased and said, "You are riding on the golden path of non-harming."

The fifth student replied, "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle." The teacher went and sat at the feet of the fifth student, and said, "I am your disciple."
What do you think?
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(Source: "foodforcyclingthought")
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30 comments:

  1. i do believe simple is better,, no hidden meaning no hidden agendas.. what it appears to be is what it is...

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  2. agree with paisley. sometimes the pure enjoyment of a bike ride or a simple meal or a simple walk in the park gets muddled up because of other issues.

    i am guilty like the others, I rarely find time to enjoy the moment =) but i am hoping and trying to. nice post Surjit. God bless.

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  3. Yes sometimes it's just as simple as that! Great story Surjit! Thanks!

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  4. Thanks Paisley. I appreciate your views.Good luck.

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  5. Thanks Sophiagurl,for sharing your personal experiences. I really value your meaningful particpation.
    Best wishes.

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  6. I am glad Desiree,you have liked the post.Your views always inspire me.
    Good luck.

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  7. What a great post. Thanks so much.

    I'm new here and have yet to look around but it looks like we have alot in common I think.

    I love the answer of the last biker. I ride just to ride.

    ~RubyShooZ~

    ~Peace, love and understanding~

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  8. okay, i understand the intention of the story but i'm going to be contrary, with good intention.
    if the zen teacher asked the same question of the boys the next day, he might get different answers from each of them, even the one who claimed he rides his bike to ride his bike. the judgement that one response is somehow more meaningful than another is just that, a judgement. in my mind, as simple as it is sometimes, i think the zen teacher was way too quick to throw himself at the boys feet. i think we all have a tendency to do just that (at least i do from time to time).
    just a thought.

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  9. Thanks Rubyshooz, for your nice words and sharing valuable views.My best wishes.

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  10. Thanks Robert,for adding your experienced thoughts to my post. I value your participation.Good luck.

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  11. Hi Surjit...

    I have never heard this story before and I LOVE it!

    It is simple as most truths are...

    Life is about living.

    Thank you so much for this Surjit... I truly learn so much from you!

    Warest wishes my friend,

    Jen

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  12. I am glad Jennifer,you have liked my post.Your thoughts always motivate me. My best wishes.

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  13. Great story! enjoyed it..keep on posting good thing k!
    god bless

    anits

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  14. Thanks Anits,for your nice and motivating comments.
    Best wishes.

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  15. The person that could understand that one mustn't have limiting answer and yet having simplicity in mind is truly the master!

    Nice post, Surjit!
    Best Wishes.

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  16. I like the words:
    ....yet having simplicity in mind is truly the master!..
    Thanks Sam Chan, for sharing your views.Best wishes.

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  17. Hi Surjit,

    Thanks for sharing this enlightening story. It is true that the one that rides the bicycle for the sake of riding the bicycle is living that moment of his life.

    So many times and oft, we do something in the hope of achieving some other thing. Not living in that very moment. Sacrificing that moment for some forecast future goals. Alas! Many things do not go according to what we wish. And in the constant pursuit of some future that we are too attached to, we lost the most precious Present. The Now!

    My shallow mind wandered too far and wrote too much.

    Thanks for the post once again. It shall guide me into quiet contemplation when I log off later.

    Blessings!

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  18. Riv Kaz,I admire your insightful words:
    ...we often lose the most precious Present. The Now!...'
    Thanks for adding your views to my post making it more meaningful.My best wishes.

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  19. Hi Surjit,

    My apologies! Your post gave me great insight and I suddenly recalled a crude poem penned by myself some years back.

    I had put up a post in my blog and link to your good post without first seeking your permission.

    http://lifesprisms.blogspot.com/2007/08/monopoly-poem.html

    I really hope you don't mind.

    Blessings!

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  20. Interesting post that does tease my mind a little. Its surprising sometimes how we complicate matters by explaining why we do the things we do and justify. Sometimes, we should just do things for the heck of it!

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  21. Riv, I never knew that you are a good poetess.You are really a talented girl.
    In your poem,you have depicted the reality of life.I am greatly impressed.God bless you.
    Thanks for making a mention of my humble post.
    Good luck.

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  22. Very very true words:
    ..'we should just do things for the heck of it..!
    Thanks Cool Insider,for adding your meaningful thoughts to my post. I value your particpation.
    Good luck.

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  23. living in the moment is a valuable skill to learn. for some it comes more naturally but to those who must learn it...DO SO! My good friend and partner has taught me this over the last year.

    every time i talk too much about the past, future, or other places she calmly reminds me where i am.

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  24. He was merely being true to himself....

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  25. Wow! I really enjoyed the story! Thanks for sharing it.

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  26. You are lucky Bryan to have such truly supportive friends like her.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    My best wishes.

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  27. Thanks Lyn, for sharing your meaningful views.
    God bless you.

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  28. Thanks La delirante, for your nice words. My good wishes.

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  29. That's an awesome story.

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  30. I am glad Pearl, you have liked the story.My thanks and best wishes to you.

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