A Zen story – Una historia zen


 

A Zen master asked his students a question. One student put up his hand. The master asked him to give his answer, and the student responded. “That is right”, said the master, and seemed quite pleased with the answer. However, he left the class soon after. He returned the next day and asked the same question. Once again the same student put up his hand. When the master asked him to give the answer, he repeated the self-same answer he had given the previous day.”That is wrong”, said the master, to the astonishment of all the students.

“How can this be”, the students asked; “yesterday when he gave the answer, you said he was right, now you say he is wrong”.

The master replied, “Well, yesterday he was right, but today he is wrong”.

 

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Un maestro zen hizo una vez una pregunta a sus estudiantes. Uno de ellos levantó la mano. El maestro le pidió que diera su respuesta, y el estudiante lo hizo. “Muy bien”, dijo el maestro, que pareció estar complacido con la respuesta. Sin embargo, poco después tuvo que salir de la clase. Al día siguiente volvió e hizo la misma pregunta. Una vez más, el mismo estudiante levantó la mano. Cuando el maestro le pidió que diera su respuesta éste repitió la misma que había dado el día anterior. “Equivocado”, dijo el maestro, ante la estupefacción de todos los estudiantes.

“¿Cómo puede ser?”, dijeron los estudiantes; ”ayer, cuando dio su respuesta usted dijo que estaba bien, y ahora dice que está mal”.

El maestro replicó: “Bien, ayer su respuesta era correcta, pero hoy es incorrecta.”

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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