Koan – The Thief Who Became a Disciple

One evening as Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras a thief with a sharp sword entered, demanding wither his money or his life.

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Shichiri told him: “Do not disturb me. You can find the money in that drawer.” Then he resumed his recitation.

A little while afterwards he stopped and called: “Don’t take it all. I need some to pay taxes with tomorrow.”

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The intruder gathered up most of the money and started to leave. “Thank a person when you receive a gift,” Shichiri added. The man thanked him and made off.

A few days afterwards the fellow was caught and confessed, among others, the offense against Shichiri. When Shichiri was called as a witness he said: “This man is no thief, at least as far as I am concerned. I gave him the money and he thanked me for it.”

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After he had finished his prison term, the man went to Shichiri and became his disciple.

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Koan – The First Principle

When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words “The First Principle”.

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The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a mastepiece.

They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago.

When the master drew them he did so on paper, from which the workmen made the large carving in wood.

As Kosen sketched the letters a bold pupil was with him who had made several gallons of ink for the calligraphy and who never failed to criticise his master’s work.

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“That is not good,” he told Kosen after his first effort.

“How is this one?”

“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the pupil.

Kosen patiently wrote one sheet after another until eighty-four First Principles had accumulated, still without the approval of the pupil.

Then when the young man stepped outside for a few moments, Kosen thought: “Now this is my chance to escape his keen eye,” and he wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction: “The First Principle.”

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“A masterpiece,” pronounced the pupil.

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Has it ever happened to you that once you simple let go and stop worrying things simply flowed?

Reflecting – 27=9×3 strategy

27 words, 9 seconds, and three points

We live in a society focused on numbers.

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Performance.

Delivering.

Living up to the expectations.

Time and shifts.

It seems that only that which we can crunch into a number really matters.

And we love it…don’t we?

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Actually we don’t.

We HATE it.

Then why does society focus on numbers so much?

Because they can measure it.

We can compare.

We can categorize things in “good” or “bad”.

Into “acceptable” or “unacceptable”.

But at the core of it all…

We think that they dispell uncertainty.

We have numbers, metrics, matrixes, spreadsheets, calculators, rulers…we CAN’T possible go wrong, can we?

Of course we can.

Anybody heard of an economic crisis that we’re supposed to be in?

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And I’d say there were more than one or two “inteligent” people monitoring the situation…and probably had more than paper and pencil to figure it out and keep track.

The other day I read an interesting article (link at the bottom) about a common buzz word: elevator pitch.

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Basically, the concept is that you happen to bump into somebody important/influential/rich and you have only 30 seconds to tell them about your super awesome project.

Beyond the actual 30 seconds mark, the concept is interesting.

If you’re able to explain in a well thought, articulate and convincing fashion its easier that you’ll be taken into account.

However, and this is probably the most important aspect, it forces you to soul search, de-clutter and focus on the core bare-bones of your project.

And that kind of attitude, habit and exercise is WONDERFUL, because for every word you take away, you get closer and closer to the soul our your idea.

As often, somebody went and gave it another twist…with more numbers (now you see why this post started the way it did!)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dorie-clark/the-art-of-the-elevator-p_1_b_3875430.html

27 words, 9 seconds, and three points

Have you had experience in brushing up your projects? What is your take on the issue?

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Fables – The four candles

Once upon a time, four candles were burning.

The place was so silent that the dialogue between them could be heard.

The first said:

I am the Peace, and even with my light, people cannot manage to keep me lit.

Soon, the flame extinguished.

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The second said:

I am Faith!

Sadly, I am not needed by people. They don’t want to know about God or their Spirit, it doesn’t make sense to continue burning.

When she finished talking, a soft wind blew her out.

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Very quietly and sad, the third candle spoke:

I am Love!

I can’t continue burning, I am tired. People put me aside, only interested in taking care of themselves up to the point of forgetting those around them.

It too went out.

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Suddenly, a boy arrives and sees the three extinguished candles…

– What is this! You must be lit and burn until the end!

Then the fourth candle spoke:

– Fear not, my son.

While I am lit, we can re-ignite the other candles.

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Then the boy took the candle of Hope and re-kindled the other candles.

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May the candle of Hope never extinguish for you, for it is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Fables – The bee and the bird

The bee was flying in its busy work, going from flower to flower, doing what it had to do without questioning anything. The field provided all it needed for its joy and enjoy.

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But a terrible drought hit the land. The plants and flowers no longer grew as they did before and the field became a desolated and lifeless barren.

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The bee, not knowing what to do, went to ask for advice to a wise bird that lived close by.

“Dear Bird, tell me, Why do’nt I have flowers at will like I had before? I’m trying to understand what has happened and I can’t understand it”.

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“Instead of trying to understand, try to pay attention, dear friend. Instead of asking why,  thinking about what has happened, pay attention to what surrounds you and you will be able to act as needed, in this case, going to other more fertile lands.

Not all things are solved by thinking about them but observingwhat is happening. So stop thinking and act in whatever way you need to continue living”, said the Bird.

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Sometimes, the absurd and inexplicable does not have a logical explanation we can understand. What is more important is that we pay attention to what is in front of you in order to find the best answer to what you need.

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