Бодисатва сказал: «Теперь, прикоснувшись к скрытому в прошлом и будущем, пойди уединись в надлежащем месте и напиши для всех людей».
Ученик возразил: «Повелитель познания, не дано мне искусства писать на все три колесницы жизни – высшую, среднюю и низшую. Где взять великое умение?»
Бодисатва ответил: «Знание, тебе открытое, налагает обязанность. И должен ты попытаться». – «Повинуюсь», – сказал ученик.
Heaven and Hell
A huge, rough samurai once went to see a little monk, hoping to acquire the secrets of the universe.
"Monk," he said, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience. "teach me about heaven and hell."
The little monk looked up at the mighty warrior in silence. Then, after a moment, he said to the
samurai with utter disdain, "Teach YOU about heaven and hell? I couldn't teach you about
anything. You're dirty. You smell. Your blade is rusty. you're a disgrace, an embarrassment to the
samurai class. Get out of my sight at once. I can't stand you!"
The samurai was furious. He began to shake all over from the anger that raced through him. A red
flush spread over his face; he was speechless with rage. Quickly, menacingly, he pulled out his
sword and raised it above his head, preparing to slay the monk.
"That's hell." said the little monk quietly.
The samurai was overwhelmed. Stunned. The compassion and surrender of this little man who had
offered his life to give this teaching about hell! He slowly lowered his sword, filled with gratitude,
and for reasons he could not explain his heart became suddenly peaceful.
"And that's heaven," said the monk softly.
Two Frogs That Fell Into a Pit
A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. The other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hopeless and told the two unfortunate frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.
Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs tried with all of their might to jump out of the pit. The other frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that they wouldn’t be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible. They continued shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead.
But the two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could and became quite weary. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief.
The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted. Once again, the crowd of frogs started yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and—wonder of wonders—finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit. Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then, gathering around him asked, “Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?”
Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on.