Zen Story – A Drop of Water


A Zen master named Gissan asked a young student to bring him a pail of water to cool his bath. The student brought the water and, after cooling the bath, threw on to the ground the little that was left over. “You dunkey!” the master scolded him. “Why didn’t you give the rest of the water to the plants? What right you have to waste even one drop of water in this temple, in this world?”

The young student attained Zen in that instant. He changed his name to Tekisui, which means a drop of water.

All our deeds and spoken words define us, and in the same time they change the world around us.

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