Koan – A parable

Buddha told a parable in sutra:

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him.

running tiger

Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge.


The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Roaring tiger

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine.


The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

strawberry vine


This is a good example of the difference with a fable, because instead of providing a specific answer it helps us reflect .


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