WORSE THAN A
There was a young monk in China who was a very serious
practitioner of the Dharma.
Once, this monk came across something he did not
understand, so he went to ask the master. When the master heard the question,
he kept laughing. The master then stood up and walked away, still laughing.
The young monk was very disturbed by the master's
reaction. For the next three days, he could not eat, sleep nor think properly.
At the end of three days, he went back to the master and told the master how
disturbed he had felt.
When the master heard this, he said, "Monk, do
you know what your problem is? Your problem is that YOU
ARE WORSE THAN A CLOWN!"
The monk was shocked to hear that,
"Venerable Sir, how can you say such a thing? How
can I be worse than a clown?"
The master explained,
"A clown enjoys seeing people laugh. You? You
feel disturbed because another person laughed. Tell me, are not you worse than
When the monk heard this, he began to laugh. He was
your Heart from Hatred.
your Mind from Worries.