2017-04-03

Raven 41

Grouse has been bumming a bit -- feeling kind of down on herself. And, you know, just because Raven is her teacher doesn't mean Raven is always helpful. It's true that sometimes not being helpful is itself the perfect teaching. Yeah. And sometimes not.

DISCOURAGED
Grouse was looking rather moody one evening, and as the group was breaking up at the end of the meeting, Raven called to her, "Hey, Grouse! How's it going?"
"Oh," said Grouse, "I don't know. Sometimes I feel discouraged. Why is it that I'm taking so long to understand anything?"
Raven said, "Everybody takes the same length of time."
"There are folks who came after I did," said Grouse, shaking her head. "They ask intelligent questions and seem to be moving along in their practice while I just sit and sit and wonder what is going on."
Raven said, "They say the Buddha Macaw is still sitting somewhere and she's only halfway."
Grouse said, "That's not very encouraging."
Raven said, "Come to think of it, it's not." (adapted from Robert Aitken, Zen Master Raven)
Raven 40

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