Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sand Castles


The Buddha was a great teacher. This simple teaching of the Buddha reminds me of kindergartners playing with blocks.

Some children were playing beside a river. They made castles of sand, and each child defended his castle and said, "This one is mine!" They kept their castles separate and would not allow any confusion about which was whose. When the castles were all finished, one child kicked over someone else's castle and completely destroyed it.

The owner of the castle flew into a rage, pulled the other child's hair, struck him with his fist and bawled out, "That one has spoiled my castle! Come along all of you and help me punish the destroyer as that one deserves." The others all came along to help. They beat the child with a stick and then stamped on the child as the child lay on the ground. Then they went on playing in the sand castles each one saying, "This is mine; no one else may have it. Keep away! Don't touch my castle!"

Evening came. It was getting dark and they all thought they ought to be getting back home. No one now cared what became of their castle. One child stamped his; another pushed over hers with both hands. Then they turned away and went back each to his or her home.

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