The Zen Master Speaks About Conquering Envy
To conquer envy, said the Zen Master,
you could read Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astonomer”
or imagine the Green-eyed Monster taking a bubble bath.
Know that all feelings and emotions are just like passing clouds.
“We will all perish,” I heard a guru say,
“like apples and tomatoes—just a longer shelf life.”
“It’s hell, getting old!
“But consider the alternative.”
If and only if you could only have
- Your deepest secret desire
- His or her fame
which would you choose?
A belief in reincarnation helps. To each life, one main task:
This life: stop smoking.
The next life: Lose (or gain) weight.
A few lives from now: Rescue a friend from an oncoming train.
Many lives from now: Your time will come.
Once a god, then an ant.
Once an ant, then a god.
It’s so simple, it sounds utterly stupid:
walk your dog.