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Fables

Fire! Where?

While Tokai was a visitor at a certain temple, a fire started under the kitchen floor.

A monk rushed into Tokai's bedroom, shouting: 'A fire, master, a fire!'

'Oh?' said Tokai, sitting up. 'Where?'

'Where?' exclaimed the monk. 'Why, under the kitchen floor -- get up at once.'

'The kitchen, eh?' said the master drowsily.

'Well, tell you what, when it reaches the passageway, come back and let me know.'

Tokai was snoring again in no time.

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Tokai was a great Zen master, enlightened, living in total awareness, and whenever you live in total awareness you live moment to moment. You cannot plan, even for the next moment you cannot plan -- because who knows, the next moment may never come! And how can you plan it beforehand, because who knows what the situation will be in the next moment? And if you plan too much you may miss it, the freshness of it...

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You Did It Again! ~~~~~ Aim of Buddhism

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