The Little Monk

Spanky wondered aloud “ how can people be so clueless,” it was an age old question, one pondered by generations long before Spanky came on the scene and, one Spanky generously acknowledged he was not the original thinker of, still Spanky questioned, why do people need to believe the unbelievable and the indefensible. How is it he thought, that people can spit on empirical evidence and call it opinion, again he spoke for all the creatures in the wood to hear, “how can people not see what is front of their face?”

A little chipmunk nose wiggled out from under a bright green leaf, then eyes and mouth became visible and with one seemingly impossible jump, she was on the stump across from the pondering figure of Spanky. “The answer is easy and it is not easy” she twitted in a sharp chippy voice. Spanky was not surprised at all by this talking chipmunk, he just lifted his head and gave her the same rapt attention he would with anyone who addressed him. He asked with excitement and humility, “please tell me more Ms. Chipmunk if you will.” The little monk smiled back at Spanky, and after turning around three times, found her spot and sat down.

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Kitchen Sink

[podcast]http://www.washthebowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/kitchensink.mp3[/podcast] Kitchen Sink My favorite summertime window is at the kitchen sink, sometimes I stand there for hours after all the bowls are washed. Through the rusted screen a breeze caress my face, softly shaping my mouth into a smile. Briefly everything melts away leaving only the moment in which to dwell. The tree branches …

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Knees Exploding

If we ever need a reminder that impermanence sometimes seems static we need only look at the pain in our knees during Zazen. Today’s 100 word story is entitled Knees Exploding, Enjoy! Knees Exploding My screams teetered on the edge of my lips as my knees threatened to explode. I imagined a monumental crippling expression …

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