Zen Story: The Tiger

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

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One Reply to “Zen Story: The Tiger”

  1. The tiger symbolize death, which is waiting for us, the two mices black and white are days and night which shorten our life. The strawberry fruits are the pleasures we exsperience in life, which are just illusion. Such illusion to enjoy life is so strong that even in such extreme dangerous situation, an insignificant fruit make us forget what we are going to meet.

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