reading Zen stories, easily found on the Internet under Zen
Stories, the technique of the master teacher is simplicity. There is
no great complication. There is no inner "calling" to be a
student by a Zen professional. Only one thing is present in any
would-be student: self-discipline.
self-discipline comes self dedication, self-determination and self diligence.
student is an ordinary human being. Each student feels there is
something more in life than what he has so far seen or been taught. He
feels an inner emptiness, a sense that he is not getting all out of
life that life has to offer.
an artist first desires to express a sensitivity from within his being
and trains under master artists to open himself to the magic of the
pictures within, then the glory comes forth. There are many types of
artists and each expresses from his inner genius the miracle of his
connectivity to the allness. This is not taught. This is there. What
is taught and shared is the dedication to revealing, to listen to the
artist within. What is taught and shared is building the determination
to stand forth in the belief that the genius is present. What is
trained, taught and shared is the diligence to stand forth under all
possibilities to find the miracle to release the eternal wisdom within
boy of ten approached a Zen master in his temple and asked to be
allowed to enter his school, a place where the inner master unfolds in
each participant. The boy was blind and emaciated. He had no
education. He spoke a strange dialect and it was difficult to
have you come here," the teacher asked. The lad replied, "I
feel inside of me I am free. I feel inside of me is a giant balloon
filled with something special. I must set it free. Can you help
teacher was undaunted by the boy's apparent limitations and said,
"Will you agree to do whatever I tell you to do and not judge it
by what you have experienced? Will you close your ears to the comments
of the others in the school and hear only from the divine in
young yet eagerly the candidate agreed to everything saying, "I
left my family who had only pity on me. I left my village which had
only sadness in what they saw in me. I left everything that I have
known to dedicate myself to you to find myself." After a pause he
added, "I am ready Master Teacher!"
boy proved to be the master's finest pupil. He gave fully of his
diligence, determination and dedication to whatever was asked of him.
His self-discipline was legend among the temple students. Other
students observing the blind lad, forgot he was blind. His body
developed powerfully in a very short time with beneficial foods and
with the scholarly beings of the school he soon spoke perfectly
drawing from his inner wisdom.
students took twenty years and more to arrive at a major step on their
inner path. This blind boy saw without physical eyes more perfectly
than his sighted fellows. He exercised and ate well and developed a
profoundly sound body.
most of all, he found his inner center and dwelt there. He developed
an awareness of all of his senses which made him alert in all areas.
thirteen the amazing lad went into the world an accomplished Zen
master. He was known as the "Magic Master" listening to the
divine in him under all circumstances and guiding others along their
spiritual path, a consummate spiritual master.
-Dr Herbert L Beierle