Zen and the Complaining Students

A story about acceptance.

An AI-generated painting in traditional Japanese style of a student talking with a blind monk.
A student and a blind monk. Image generated with AI by DALL-E.

A student came to visit a blind Master, and asked: "Master, my fellow students are always complaining. The classes are boring, the homework is tiresome, the teachers are unfair — it seems that nothing makes them happy.

Yet I’ve noticed that you, despite your blindness, never speak a word of complaint. How can that be?"

The Master smiled. “I could complain,” he said. “But then, would I not still be blind?”

At that moment, the student was Enlightened.

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