My first Zen story. The one that made me curious about Zen.
Another open ended story. This one is a well known Zen story. For those reading an open ended story here for the first time, the introductory comments are attached:
An open-ended story is an invitation to see your own situation from a fresh perspective. Unlike conventional stories, there is no specific point or moral or lesson to take away. It can be enjoyed for itself, or converted figuratively to help interpret an actual situation in a new way. In this sense, it is not an intellectual exercise, rather just an opportunity to see if any ideas resonate.
It can be interpreted in an individual way. Further, as time and conditions change, an individual may see a different aspect from one reading to the next. And if this type of thing doesn’t interest you or nothing resonates, just pass on by.
The Tigers and the Strawberry
There was a man walking…
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