Columbia University in the City of New York

The Teacher

In fact, we have the obligation and the capacity to do it. On the contrary, the people who I know that they have dragged a lack of happiness during years, almost invariably have common that feels catched in a reality which they do not dare to leave by fear to the consequences. They do not realize on which the negative consequences are living already them, and are giving the back to a world of possibilities that are abren due to putting themselves in movement towards the change. A long time ago I read a pretty history that illustrates these possibilities of change. A monk zen arrived one night, with their teacher, to an old house in a mountain. The owner was very poor, and lived very miserably with his family, than he produced a starving cow. This was its unique possession, and source of income, they took care of reason why it with mimo, beaten to the idea that it was maintained what them afloat. In spite of its precarious one situation, was very hospitable with their guests, giving them shelter and food.

In the morning, the thanked for monk commented much with his teacher whom it would like to help this one poor people who had behaved so well with them. The teacher was in agreement with so noble feeling and he ordered to him to hurl over a cliff the cow of the family by the mountain. The monk obeyed horrified. Years later, the monk, already freed from his teacher, happened through the same zone. Still with remorse, he decided to approach the house with intention to correct his terrible action.

When arriving, almost he did not recognize the place. The garden was well-taken care of and the house was pretty and conserved very well. There were hens, ewes and cows in the ample adjacent space to the house.

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