The Zen Master Speaks About Conquering Envy


IMG_2024 copya.jpg

The Zen Master Speaks About Conquering Envy

 

To conquer envy, said the Zen Master,

jealousy, unfairness,

whiffle balls,

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

  1. Your deepest secret desire
  2. 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.

 

-Dick Allen

 

 

Categories: Poems & PhotosTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: