Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Daily Dharma: Empty Boat

Today's Daily Dharma is from Pema Chodron:

An Empty Boat

There’s a Zen story in which a man is enjoying himself on a river at dusk. He sees another boat coming down the river toward him. At first it seems so nice to him that someone else is also enjoying the river on a nice summer evening. Then he realizes that the boat is coming right toward him, faster and faster. He begins to get upset and starts to yell, “Hey, hey watch out! For Pete’s sake, turn aside!” But the boat just comes faster and faster, right toward him. By this time he’s standing up in his boat, screaming and shaking his fist, and then the boat smashes right into him. He sees that it’s an empty boat.

This is the classic story of our whole life situation.

--Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are; from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

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