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Mouths Are Flapping

Posted Jan 15 2009 4:54pm


(Mouths flapping during my kids’ Buddhist Class last Sunday; limevelyn )

Four monks were meditating in a monastery. All of a sudden, the prayer flag on the roof started flapping.

The youngest monk came out of his meditation and said: “Flag is flapping.”

A more experienced monk said: “Wind is flapping.”

A third monk who had been there for more than 20 years said: “Mind is flapping.”

The fourth monk who was the eldest said, visibly annoyed: “Mouths are flapping!”

Your Interpretation Please

Apparently, the above is a classic Buddhist story. I found myself laughing when I first read it some days ago.

And then I stopped.

I started to wonder if there is a lesson or lessons around it. What do you think?

Link Love

On the topic of monks, a site known as UrbanMonk has been creating waves on the web for its deeply insightful articles into human behavior, emotions and blocks. Albert, the site owner, is not a real monk by the way but writes with much wisdom. I highly recommend checking out his blog if you haven’t already done so!!!

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