This Zen parable is for someone for whom I’ve been talking for a while.

A man once went to a Zen master and asked; ‘Master, I must seek liberation.’

The teacher asked, ‘Who binds you?’

The student answered; ‘I do not know. Perhaps I bind myself.’

So the teacher replied, ‘In that case, why seek liberation of me? In summer we sweat; in winter we shiver.’

And the student thought: ‘He is speaking of a secret place where our only problem is the seasons of the year.’



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