[Noisebridge-discuss] ATTENTION EVERYBODY: GET A LIFE!

Christina Olson daravinne at gmail.com
Fri Feb 25 22:48:38 UTC 2011

The student came before the Zen master, and asked, "What did you do, before
you were enlightened?" The Master replied, "Chop wood, and carry water."
 But the student was hoping to find something to help him on his own path to
enlightenment, and asked another question, "Master, what did you do after
you became enlightened?"

The Master replied, "Chop wood, and carry water."

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM, Will Sargent <will.sargent at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM, Christina Olson <daravinne at gmail.com>wrote:
>> From what I've read, the statement is actually nuanced like this:  "Do
>> what you wish: be your own master, make your own decisions and moral code,
>> do not bow to an outside authority for the sake of it.  Recognize,
>> understand, and accept the consequences of your actions.  Choose and act
>> with awareness. Be at once prepared to receive the benefits and punishments
>> of your decisions, and if you find an outcome is unpleasant to you, you have
>> only the power over yourself to change that."
>> It has a very Buddhist feel to it, but without the drive towards
>> "enlightenment" as a goal.
> At least to some Buddhists, the above statement is itself Enlightenment,
> and "enlightenment" is for people who can't face reality. :-)
> Will.
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