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Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. "It has been ten years," said the head monk. " "Bed... " said the monk. "I see," replied the head monk. Ten years later, the monk returned to the head monk's office. "It has been ten more years," said the head monk. " "Food... " said the monk. "I see," replied the head monk. " "I... " said the monk. "Well, I can see why," replied the head monk. " 43 ZEN STORIES TO TELL YOUR NEIGHBOURS ( This story is a favorite in many western monasteries.
If you can't concentrate it's because your worried about something and not happy with yourself. Keep Smiling" Just Two Words There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. "It has been ten years," said the head monk. " "Bed... " said the monk.
He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stone cutter. People's reactions to this story: "We all have great power within us. '" "If the stone cutter restart moving backwards, he go from nature in man. There's a fluid , energy ranbling between objects in the earth. " "We are all powerful in our own way.... We all have our own place" "The Stonecutter's story reflects the nature of the human mind and of our attachment to it. " "We have to learn to celebrate who or what we are. " "He should have settled for being rich and powerful.