Tuesday, 18 May 2010
What Is It You Need
Before I begin this post I need to give all my overseas friends a small bit of Scottish insight. In Scotland a lot about a person is judged, wrongly, by the football team you support. For most young students the thought of not supporting any team is just not a thought that crosses the mind. It was the same about religion where I taught.
My students asked, “Are you a catholic or a protestant?” Now you could not answer that you were a Buddhist. They would then ask you “Are you a protestant or a catholic Buddhist?”
So the master had gathered his students. “What is it in life you need?” he asked. The first student replied, “I want knowledge.” “I see,” said the master. So it went on, each student saying he wanted something else. Each time the same reply from the master, until one student said, “I seek only that which you will give.” “Then for you there is hope said the master.”
An open mind is one ready to learn. This is the way of the Tao.
Hundreds of years later, in a school in Scotland, the teacher asked her pupils, “What do you need at home?”
Jenny said, “We need a computer miss.” “Well that would be good,” answered the teacher. Jimmy said, “We need a car miss.” “I see,” said the teacher that would be good also.
Wee Johnny said, “We do not need anything miss.”
“Oh you must need something.”
“No miss, we dinnae need anything.”
“How can you be so sure Johnny?”
“Well when my big sister came home and told my dad she was dating a Rangers supporter. My dad said, “Well that’s all we need now then.
Needs are indeed always relative to the situation we find ourselves in.
This blog is linked to my other where I talk about the artwork used:- Snowflake