John Suler's Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist decided to ask him a question
that had been on his mind. "Exactly how do you help people?" he inquired.
People's reactions to this story:
"To have no questions is to be at peace with oneself."
"He who is all-knowing will never be helpless."
"If you can answer the questions in your own head, you are on the road to recovery."
"When all of your questions in life are answered, you will become a full and complete person."
"Does this mean that asking questions is bad?! Getting them to the point where they can't ask questions is good!?.... I don't get it!"
"A person always needs to answer questions because this is how we grown and learn!"
"How do you get a child to stop asking questions? This will make people feel inferior. Is this really what the master wants?"
"If you can teach a person to answer his own questions, then he will be at peace with himself."
"I can't imagine reaching a state of consciousness where I'd be free from the desire to ask questions about anything. Is it possible?"
"I believe that the Zen master is also implying that his job is never complete. People will continue to ask questions until they die..."
"All of our questions come from the fact that we are discontent about something. When we reach the place where we don't have to ask any more questions, we can just "be" and transcend our earthly problems."
"I think the Master found it to be an absurd question coming from a trained specialist, hoping he would go away and think of how juvenile the question was."
"Sometimes it's better not to dwell on questions, but just to accept."
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