MY BUDDHIST MONK WEARS NEW BALANCE RUNNING SHOES
I can’t really claim him as my monk guessing I have to share him.
While visiting the Chuang Yen Monastery yesterday, as we were leaving the Great Buddha Hall, we visited with a wonderful monk, Ven. Ji Xing, who greeted us with a smile that would have filled each square inch of that hall.
He spoke of the importance of the earth and our place grounded, close to the earth, “All things come from the earth! Does the earth get mad when you toss down trash? No” he said. “The earth is forgiving.”
He pointed a sharp finger to my chest. “Do you get mad when I point at you?”
“No, I said.”
“That is good.” he smiled and laughed.
“When someone is pointing one finger at you in a menacing way. They point three fingers back at themselves.”
“Ha, ha, ha, ha, you get one finger they get three. Ha, ha, ha, ha. There is no reason to get
The teachings continued until he had to leave for other pressing monk-like duties. I’m gong to miss my monk in the running shoes.