The Shenandoah Valley got its biggest snowstorm in the ten years I've lived here last weekend. Here are a few photos:
A monk renowned for his wisdom was sitting in deep meditation when someone
approached him and asked, "O venerable teacher, what is the essence of
The monk replied,
Not to commit wrong actions,
But to do all good ones
And to keep the heart pure --
This is the teaching of all the buddhas past, present, and future.
His questioner was annoyed and exclaimed, "Why, even a five-year-old child knows that!"
The monk (and this is why he is called wise) replied, "Yes, but how many fifty-year-old men can easily practice it?"