Stuck in a lift

Gary
23/11/2015

(只有英文版)

On the way to the Zen Center for morning service, I got stuck in the lift. I arrived at the Zen Center building at 5:25 am and the lift that was opened had a bag of rubbish in it. I hesitated initially whether to get in but as it was nearly sitting time, I went into the lift so I could arrived before sitting meditation begins. On the way up the lift stopped at 2/F.  I pressed all the different buttons and nothing happened. When I realized that the lift was stuck, I pressed the alarm.  The guard tried to get the lift going but it would not respond. As it turned out, I was stuck in the lift for 1 hour before the technician arrived to open the lift door to let me out.  I was quite annoyed initially because I woke up early to come to the Zen center for a session of inner peace but instead I got stuck in a lift with a bag of garbage. As I calm down, I begin to see the irony of the situation.  Stuck in the lift and going nowhere is a little similar to my koan practice - stuck on the same koan for months and not getting nowhere! Since there was nothing else to do in the lift, I decided to practice standing meditation and recite my mantra.  Then out of nowhere, a koan appeared in my mind - What is the difference between me and the bag of rubbish? Is it the same or different....

Answer


Commentary:
As Sifu says, everything in life is teaching us, even things we do not like or expect. After I got out of the lift, I went up to the Zen Center and joined the Chanting service.