Archive for April, 2008

Heaven and Hell

4 April 2008

According to David Chadwick in Crooked Cucumber, Shunryu Suzuki once told this story about heaven and hell.

In hell, everyone was gathered around a large table laden with edible delights of all kinds. But their arms were exceedingly short and the chopsticks were exceedingly long. As a result, noone could get the food into their mouths and they were frustrated and hungry and fighting with each other.

 In heaven, everyone was gathered around the same table laden with the same delightful foods. Their arms too were exceedingly short and the chopsticks too long. But in heaven everyone was feeding each other. In heaven, everyone was smiling.