There's one story about a monk who was begging and a woman who yelled at him, "You lazy monk, go do some work!" and poured a big bucket of water over his head. The monk got upset and angry. When he returned to the monastery, his teacher reminded him that in *takahatsu* everything, good or bad, should be accepted with equanimity. The monk, said the teacher, should have accepted the woman's anger as an offering.

Bernard Glassman, Rick Fields in Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters by Bernard Glassman, Rick Fields


To Practice This Thought:
This week don't let anything that happens outside of you determine whether you are grateful or mad, happy or sad.


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