Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.

Saturday, July 05, 2003

10. The Earth quakes, and the heavens rattle;
thebeasts of nature flock together and the nations of men flock apart,
volcanoes usher up heat while elsewhere water becomes ice and melts;
and then on other days it just rains.
11. Indeed do many things come to pass.

-- HBT; The Book of Predications, Chap. 19


A Zen Story
by Camden Benares, The Count of Five Headmaster, Camp Meeker Cabal

A serious young man found the conflicts of mid 20th century America confusing. He went to many people seeking a way of resolving within himself the discords that troubled him, but he remained troubled.

One night in a coffee house, a self-ordained Zen Master said to him, "Go to the dilapidated mansion you will find at this address which I have written down for you. Do not speak to those who live there; you must remain silent until the moon rises tomorrow night. Go to the large room on the right of the main hallway, sit in the lotus position on top of the rubble in the northeast corner, face the corner, and meditate."

He did as the Zen Master instructed. His meditation was frequently interrupted by worries. He worried whether or not the rest of the plumbing fixtures would fall from the second floor bathroom to join the pipes and other trash he was sitting on. He worried how would he know when the moon rose on the next night. He worried about what the people who walked through the room said about him.

His worrying and meditation were disturbed when, as if in a test of his faith, ordure fell from the second floor onto him. At that time two people walked into the room. The first asked the second who the man sitting there was. The second replied "Some say he is a holy man. Others say he is a shithead."

Hearing this, the man was enlightened.