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Words of Zen


If the rooster crows in the morning, the sky will be bright,
but if the rooster does not crow in the morning, it will still be bright.
The morning is not for a rooster to decide,
but for the one who wakes up.
Some people wake up to pass one day,
but some may live their lifetime without waking up(enlightenment).

A person bought a box of pears,
But the weather was bad for keeping pears,
So he picked the worst one every day to eat,
And finally ate an entire box of rotten pears.

To sum up, save the good ones and eat the rotten ones:
When we eat rotten ones, the good ones we saved become rotten,
So that we always eat the rotten ones.

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The image is from Secrets Of Zen (Japanese Chill Out) – YouTube

Life is like eating pears,
Because if you only see unhappy things every day,
Your whole life will feel unhappy;
Put down the bad things and throw them away instead,
And every day the sun will shine,
And you will be shining forever!
Cherish happiness now!
No one knows how to control the emotion by nature.

Knowledgeable people are always mindful not to let themselves fall into bad moods.

At the parents’ meeting, the teacher wrote these four questions on the blackboard:
2+2=4; 4+4=8

“You miscalculated,” The parents said.
The teacher turned around and said softly: “Yes, you see very clearly that this is wrong, but the other three were right. Why did everyone focus on the wrong answer, and never mention what was right?”
The teacher said, “Parents, education is not about finding what is incorrect, but appreciating what children did right.”
If you are good for a person a hundred times, they forget all of those times when you are bad once!
Here is human reason, where 100 – 1 = 0.

In fact, we make the same mistakes between family members.

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An Honest Man

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I did not quite understand the quote above until my friend sent me this Chinese article (, which I have translated into English. It turns out that this interesting story totally echos what Captain Jack Sparrow said.

A single bank accountant, thirty years old, worked ten years and never took any leave, was never tardy, was dedicated to his job, and never made any mistakes. He was so genuine that all his colleagues called him “honest man.” This honest guy had only one wish, and that was to travel around the world, but he was a salaried person who did not earn much extra money from his job, just enough to make ends meet.

One day, he took leave and the next day he was not at work either.

His boss and colleagues were anxious. How come a person who never took a day off, did not come to work? They feared that he had encountered an accident, as he lived by himself, and no one knew what had happened to him. They failed to reach him by phone, so they decided to pay a visit to his home.

The unexpected event caught people off guard. On that day, the bank audited and found that this honest person had transferred $100 million of funds from the company, and took the money.

Everyone was surprised by what had happened; no one believed that the honest man had done it. Some people even worried that he had been kidnapped in order to steal money. It was a major event, and they had to call the police for help.

A week had passed, and the police were trying to do everything possible to find him. Suddenly, he went to the police to admit his wrong-doing. He admitted that he stole $100 million. Knowing that he could not live a life as an outlaw, he decided to surrender.

This was an easy case, so the police asked him to hand over the $100 million in stolen money, then they can plead to the judge on his behalf. But the honest man said, “I confessed my crime, so I surrendered, but I can not tell you where the money is. I plead guilty.”

“Did you give it to a woman? Did you steal money for her? Do not be fooled, once you are in jail; she will run away with the $100 million.”

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“No, no woman at all.”

“You can not imagine what could happen in prison, give back the money, let us help you to plead to the judge! You know what you did wrong, why not pay the money back?”

“I know that I am guilty, and I know that I should be punished, but I can not tell you where the money is.”

As a result, the judge sentenced him to fifteen years.

After deducting holidays, he was only in prison for thirteen years. He was a model inmate; he read a lot of travel books, he also taught other prisoners how to read and write books.

Time flies, and finally, the honest man was released from prison. The boss had retired, but he could not forget the honest man. He wanted to know what had transpired, and where the stolen money went. But just as he was thinking about it, the doorbell rang, and he opened the door to find the honest man standing in front of the door with a bag.

“I came to realize that I let all of you down, and I intend to give back the $100 million to the bank. Boss, can you go with me to the bank?” So the stolen $100 million was finally returned to the bank after he was in prison for 13 years.

Later, in the first class section of an airplane, the honest guy held a cup of red wine and read the travel magazines, on his trip to Paris, then to Iceland, and then to pay a visit to Russia.

The flight attendant asked him: “What do you do that you can travel around the world at such a young age?”

He laughed: “I invest. Do you know how much will you receive with one million dollars bonds that bear 6% interest after 13 years? It is a total of $239.29 million. It is more than 139 million after deducting it from 100 million. It is easy going around the world with the money from interest.”

The flight attendant replied, “How can I get $100 million dollars?”

The honest guy said calmly: “Go borrow it, but remember to return it. Then you will be qualified to be an honest person.”

Trouble is the Wealth of Life


A zoologist observed the antelopes on both sides of a river in the Savannah, noticing that their running speed and reproductive capacity were not the same.

The ones on the east bank of the river ran significantly faster than those on the west bank, and their reproductive capacity was also stronger. To explore the reasons, the zoologist put ten west bank antelopes on the east bank.

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In a short period, he found that wolves had eaten most of the west bank antelopes, and there were only three left. That was the answer: the antelopes on the east bank were stronger because wolves lived nearby, and to avoid the wolves, they had to run faster and longer. The west bank’s flock was weaker because they lacked a group of powerful natural enemies, so they were hunted first.

So we need to thank the suffering, the competitors, and the troubles in our lives because, without them, we would not be nearly as powerful or intelligent.

Buddha said that affliction is but Bodhi, and because of trouble, we want to learn and grow. Because of competitive opponents, we then have the power to know how to struggle.

Some people are always afraid to face trouble and look forward to just staying in a comfortable and pleasant environment. Those who live a comfortable life are blinded from seeing the problem. Comfort will make us not to want to grow. So thank all the troubles and unhappy things in your life, because they are our teachers, and they show up in our lives to teach us wisdom.

A Zen Master, a Scorpion, and a Fisherman



A Zen master was meditating in the river, when he heard the sound of struggling. He saw a scorpion splashing in the water when he opened his eyes. He reached out and pulled it out, but he was stung by the scorpion. He put the scorpion on the shore, continued to meditate.

After a while, he heard the sound of struggling again. He opened his eyes and saw that the scorpion had fallen into the water again. He picked it up again to put it back on the shore; he was stung again, of course. But he continued to meditate. Again, after some time, the same misfortune happened again.

A fisherman nearby said to him, “Are you stupid, don’t you know the scorpion will sting?” The Zen master replied, “I know, the scorpion stung me three times.” The fisherman was puzzled. “Why do you still want to save it?” The Zen master replied, “The sting is its nature, but compassion is my nature, and my nature will not change because of its nature.”

At this time, he heard the sound of the struggling again. Yes, it was that same scorpion. He looked at his swollen hands and then looked at the struggling scorpion in the water; he reached out again without hesitation. Before he could pick up the scorpion, the fisherman gave him a dry branch. The Zen master used this branch to pick up the scorpion and place it on the shore instead.

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Image is from A Safer Way to Milk a Scorpion – D-brief

The fisherman smiled and said, “It is right and proper to be merciful. But if you want to be compassionate to a scorpion, you have to treat yourself the same. To be able to be compassionate to the others, we should have the means to do that.”

When you can be kind to yourself, then you can be kind to the others. I liked the story; it reminds me of the saying: “It is not easy to be a nice person.” Indeed, It is in their nature for a kind person to do a good deed. But the object of doing good is not necessarily good; the result of doing good does not necessarily bring you the good fruit. Why is this so? As the fisherman said: “You need the means of compassion to be able to be compassionate to others.”

Compassion is right, but you need to apply it to both the scorpion and yourself. It reminds us that the means of compassion are first to be accountable to yourself and then to be accountable to others. If a person cannot even take care of himself, how can he take care of others? When you can treat yourself well, then you are qualified and able to treat others well.

The Zen master often have an insight for the philosophical things that make people suddenly see truth, but they are confused about simple things. Everyday people on the other hand, understand simple and down to earth truths that show that zen is in everyone.


The original text is in Chinese (, I translated it into English so you can enjoy this enlightening story.

Three States in Life


Life has three states; you can be a pessimist, an optimist, or a philosopher.

The pessimist sees the world from the foot of a mountain and sees the path as dark.
The optimist sees the world from the mountainside and sees the flowers first.
The philosopher sees the world from the top of the mountain and sees the whole world.

The pessimist says: life is like a cup of bitter wine, the turbidity is bitter.
The optimist says: life is like a glass of wine, every drop is fragrant.
The philosopher says: life is like a cup of clear spring water, it is refreshing whether it is warm or cold.

The pessimist sees the sorrow of the withered flowers.
The optimist sees the splendor of the flowers blooms.
The philosopher sees the hope of the fruits that come from the flowers.

A pessimist sees the life and death of a man.
An optimist sees the sweetness of life.
The philosopher sees the spring, summer, autumn, and winter of life.

The pessimist shows a tendency to go a dark corner.
The optimist greets the bright side only.
The philosopher spans the two kingdoms of Yin and Yang.

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist waits for the wind to change direction.
The philosopher adjusts the sails.

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The pessimist lives by addition; they add hard work.
The optimist lives by subtraction; they reduce sadness.
The philosopher lives by division and shares the joy.


The original text of this article was in Chinese. The author is unknown.

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