Finding a place of peace within the turmoil

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Stories of the Way

The practice of Aikido is not to overcome an attacker nor to try to avoid them.
Rather it is to find that point of connection where the attacker cannot affect you.

Zen Story#2

A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.

Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine.

The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

From Zen flesh, Zen bones compiled by Paul Reps