Zen Joke of the Day

I've been getting a bit too serious with my practice. So instead of Zen Koans I have been studying some Zen jokes lately. Here it goes:

A young man decided to become a Zen Monk. As part of his training he is told he must live in one room, with one meal a day in complete silence. Every ten years he is allowed out of the room and can say three words. After the first ten years the man is let out of the room and is taken to the Zen Master. The Master asks: "Do you have anything to say?" The man replies: "Bed too hard." "OK", says the Master, "we will see what we can do."

Ten years later the man is let out of the room again and

taken to see the Zen Master. "Do you have anything to say?" asks the Master. The man replies "Room too cold." "OK" says the Master, "we will see what we can do." After another ten years the man is let out of the room again and the Zen Master asks him if he has anything to say. "Not enough food" replies the man. "OK" says the Master, "we will see what we can do."

After another ten years the man comes out of his room and confronts the Zen Master "Had enough - leaving!" "Fine" says the Master, "All you do is bitch anyway!"

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"After the Ecstasy, the Laundry" by Jack Kornfield

 

Jack Kornfield is a meditation teacher at the Spirit Rock Mountain Center and an authour of books on the subject of spirituality. In this book he explains, that even after achieving realization about who you really are – after the ecstasy – we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our lives. We are faced with the laundry...  Drawing on the experiences and insights of practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book describes how the modern spiritual journey unfolds and how even after realization we have to navigate the real world of family relationships, emotional pain, earning a living, sickness, loss, and death. The last book I recommended by Jed McKenna deals with a similar subject.