Zen Stories: Fate is in Your Own Hands

发布日期:2017-03-27   字体大小:   

In ancient time, there was a general who was about to lead his troops into battle against an enemy army ten times the size of his own. Along the way, he stopped at a small roadside altar to pray.

He said to the soldiers: “I’m now going to use this coin to predict our fate. If it’s heads, we’ll win. If it’s tails, we’ll lose. Our fate is in the hands of gods!”

And then all the soldiers yelled: “Hey! It’s heads! We’re going to win! Let’s go get them! We’ll crush them!”

The battle commenced, and just as predicted, the smaller army defeated the larger army.

A guard said to the general: “No one can change a fate determined by the gods.”

“Is that right?” the general reached into his pocket and pulled out the coin, both sides of which were heads.

Heaven looks on all beings just the same and won’t help anyone in particular. The one who can help you is yourself. (From Zen Stories: The Staff and Shout of the Venerable Ones)


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