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A Brief Breath

Posted by tinako on May 25, 2009

Time for another zen interlude.  OK, I can’t really think how this one relates to food, but I had a rough week last week, and was thinking of this comic a lot.

One day on Vulture Peak, the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni the Buddha) asked his disciples, “How long is a person’s life?”

“Seventy.”

“Wrong.”

“Sixty.”

“No.”

“Fifty years?”

“Wrong.”

Finally a disciple asked, “How long is a person’s life?”

Sakyamuni answered, “Life is but a breath.”

The narrator comments, “Don’t get mired in the worlds of yesterday and tomorrow.  Instead, live in the world of today.  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, experience the beautiful things around you at that moment.”

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